Architecture studio Urban Agency is extending an existing mill building in Dublin, Ireland, to create the 50-metres-high Dock Mill, which will be one of the tallest timber buildings in Europe.

The thirteen-storey building was commissioned by property development company Lioncor.

建築工作室Urban Agency正在擴建愛爾蘭都柏林的現有工廠建築,以創建50米高的Dock Mill,它將成為歐洲最高的木材建築之一。


“The brief was to design a state of the art sustainable and flexible building in the Dublin ‘Silicon Quarter’,” Urban Agency co-founder Maxime Laroussi told Dezeen.

To fulfil the sustainability criteria, Urban Agency chose to work with cross-laminated timber (CLT), which will suit the restrictions of the site and help with time efficiency.

Dock Mill’s existing facade and the floor plates of the industrial mill will be maintained and restored. A sustainably-sourced timber extension will then be added.

“The roof is to be removed and the localised CLT columns are to be inserted in the four corners of the existing floor plate all the way to the ground floor,” Laroussi said.

“From ground floor to basement level those columns are to seat on underpinned concrete perimeter walls.”

The building will house office spaces in the new timber tower, while the existing mill will be home to apartments. Its double-height top storey will have a winter garden with tall trees and plants.

A double-skin glass facade is designed to wrap the timber structure of the new extension, which the studio envisions as a “modern take on the glasshouse”.

Urban Agency聯合創始人馬克西姆·拉魯西(Maxime Laroussi)告訴Dezeen:“簡報是要在都柏林的“矽區”設計出一種先進的可持續,靈活的建築。

為了滿足可持續性標準,Urban Agency選擇使用交叉層壓木材(CLT),這將適合現場的限制並有助於提高時間效率。

Dock Mill的現有立面和工業廠房的地板將得到維護和修復。然後將添加可持續來源的木材擴展。





Urban Agency also looked at the context of the surrounding Grand Canal Dock area, also known as Silicon Docks, when designing Dock Mill and added spaces for public interaction.

“One key design element is the creation of a new floating pedestrian public streetscape in the form of a series of undulating boardwalks and wide amphitheatre-like stepping plazas,” Laroussi said.

“This, to connect all the buildings fronting Grand Canal Docks and give waterfront access to the public while creating a shortcut to the train station on the opposite side.”

在設計Dock Mill並增加公共互動空間時,Urban Agency還考察了周圍的大運河碼頭區(也稱為矽碼頭)的背景。



According to Laroussi, Urban Agency is also currently working on a number of other large timber projects. “We are currently working on a few projects in Canada, where timber buildings are really taking off as regulation has been relaxed to allow that,” he said.

“The biggest challenge is always local regulation which varies from one country to another and even from a state or province to another, like in the US and Canada.”

“We are still battling to get over this issue in Ireland where timber buildings are still at their infant stage, but hopefully this will lay the ground for more daring timber buildings,” he added.

據Laroussi稱,Urban Agency目前還在從事其他許多大型木材項目。 他說:“我們目前正在加拿大的一些項目中,由於放寬了管制,木材建築的確在騰飛。”



If completed, Dock Mill would be the second-largest timber building in Europe, behind the 18-storey Mjøstårnet in Norway by Voll Arkitekter.

Urban Agency has offices in Dublin, Copenhagen, Lyon and Düsseldorf and recently designed the Lille Langebro bicycle bridge in Copenhagen together with WilkinsonEyre.

如果建成,Dock Mill將成為歐洲第二大木材建築,僅次於Voll Arkitekter在挪威的18層高的Mjøstårnet。

Urban Agency在都柏林,哥本哈根,里昂和杜塞爾多夫設有辦事處,最近與WilkinsonEyre一起在哥本哈根設計了Lille Langebro自行車橋。



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