Temple Bar Masterplan

In the early 1990's, MCMA were one of a group of architects who came together under the title Group 91 to compete in an invited competition for the Temple Bar Framework Plan. The plan sought to rehabilitate a run-down area of central Dublin, left derelict by site assembly policies for a new bus station, by promoting a network of urban spaces with cultural and residential uses. The project required the retention of existing fabric and the use of vacant sites for building or urban space, creating links which supported east-west pedestrian movement from Trinity College to Christchurch Cathedral. 

The competition was won by Group 91, who provided a clear sequence of urban spaces to link the quarter, and the eight architectural practices were commissioned to design individual projects; the nature of the sites suited the division of labour into smaller segments. Temple Bar Properties, the semi-state body responsible for the execution of the project, used the land bank available to assemble viable sites, concentrating on sustainable cultural projects which received a level of funding from government and from Europe matched by private investment encouraged by tax incentives.