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Manahan Planners,

38 Dawson Street,

Dublin 2,    Ireland.



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The Section below contains a Portfolio of  past projects.

In the mid nineteen nineties we obtained permission to build a private art gallery on a steeply sloping site overlooking Killiney bay to a design by the world renowned architect Claudio Silvestrin.


The building was a private gallery for a number of years but the owners have now left Ireland and live abroad. The question is to what use can the building be put?

The owners have tried to interest a private or public gallery in taking over the building but all efforts to find an alternative owner/occupier have failed.

The potential public gallery users have complained that there is no parking on the adjoining road, the steeply sloping site mitigates against disabled access,  and while the  sewerage treatment plant  may be sufficient for the low numbers in a private gallery, it would be insufficient for a public building.

The area the building is located in has an open space zoning which prohibits most uses.  It would seem that the only realistic alternative use is that of a single private house and so permission was sought for that use.

The building is a very fine example of modern architecture in an Irish context. It is unrealistic to expect the building to be demolished and returned to vegetation. It  is hoped the planning system can provide for an alternative use.

The Planning Authority, as expected, decided to refuse permission as the site is zoned for open space in their Development Plan. Manahan Planners appealed this decision. Their appeal was supported by Shane O'Toole, architectural critic and historian, and Ray Ryan, curator of the Heinz Architectural Center in the Carneigue Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA.  

An Bord Pleanala however unfortunately refused permission on the grounds that the site is zoned for open space. They point out that the building has no recognition either nationally or internationally that would allow it to consider over ruling the use zoning of the site.