New reality of apartment design

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to designing apartments, writes Peter Stafford

15th August, 2015
Modern apartment buildings in Dublin: the time is here for fresh thinking and new ideas iStock

The proposal by Dublin City Council (DCC) to review its apartment design standards in the forthcoming City Development Plan has generated a huge amount of public debate.

Understanding the interplay between national guidelines and local standards is difficult even for practitioners, and during this debate it has not always been easy to keep design standards and construction standards separate.

Inevitably, the discussion has become polarised between those who fear that allowing studio apartments will mean...

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