Value Creation | Intellectual Property

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Design A - Shallow Dome 2 Storey Enclosure ( 2 no.) + Viewing Platform Opposite on Merchants Quay

Projects / Culture / Four Courts

Location : Dublin, Ireland

Date : >2020

Client : TBC

Concept  : Darragh Murphy 2016


The Four Courts is Irelands foremost Courts Building , located on Inns Quay in Dublin.The Design is based upon work commenced by Thomas Cooley in 1776. Following his death,

the Architect James Gandon was appointed to finish the Building. The Building sustained significant damage in 1922 and was reopened ten years later

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Project Proposition

The Four Courts is one of Irelands finest examples of Georgian Architecture but access to the Public is limited due to its function.


I propose Roofing the Courtyards using 2 identical Structures to create new Semi Public / Public Spaces. This proposal would enhance and compliment the Four Courts whilst providing exciting and sophisticated Civic Space for Dublin City. These 'Urban Living Rooms' would be multi functional meeting places and allow for Exibits, Performances, Public Lectures, Conferences, Social Events, Dining etc. 

The new Spaces could be accessed separately via installation of new Glazed Booths within the Gates. Some functions might be integrated into the Four Courts daytime activities.If in due course the Four Courts Buildings were to be transformed into a National Museum then the addition of these Courtyard Spaces would greatly enhance such a Proposition.

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Courtyard at Midday


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The Existing Trees on Inns Quay should be removed to fully reveal the Building to the City and a New Viewing Plaza possible incorporating a Bridge Link/s is proposed opposite the Four Courts on Merchants Quay so as to allow for Improved viewing of the Building. 

This Plaza would be classical in Layout in order to Harmonise with the Four Courts. This Space would also create a Buffer Zone for the Public against Heavy Quayside Traffic. 2 links bridges would result in Optimum Vantage Points for viewing the Architecture of the Four Courts. The Proposed 2 Storey Courtyards are barely visible from these Vantage Points. Proposed Plan of Plaza and Bridges is Indicative and a ''First Take''.

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New Viewing Plaza from Optimal Vantage Points on Merchants Quay Reinforces Classical Architecture of the Four Courts. 

New Pedestrian Bridges are shown in Rudimentary Form. Random Trees on Inns Quay are removed to reveal the Building

2 Storey Domed option for New Courtyards Shown.  


OPTION B - Full Height Hyperboloid Enclosure

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Proposed Link Bridges & Viewing Plazas to Merchants Quay. These Proposals also create a spin off Opportunity for Valuable Urban Rejuvenation directly opposite the Four Courts.

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Potential World Class Museum & Associated Urban Renewal

to Riverfront and Immediate Northside & Southside Vicinity

Project Description


Architectural Intervention in the form of 2 identical Hyperboloid Structures. This proposal Fully encloses the Courtyards but is more Visible on Approach from Inns and Merchant Quays. It is Potentially a more spectacular Duo of Civic Spaces when experienced both Internally and Externally but with Less Flexibility in terms of Floor Plate Usage. Public Plaza , New Bridge Approach also proposed for this Scheme. Possible Alternative to a New Permanent Plaza on Merchants Quay would be to Place a Moored Viewing Platform in the River Liffey

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Precedents - (Click Links)

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Sketch of Potential for Future Urban Regeneration