Derelict town centre commercial units transformed into six colourful ceramic clad apartments
This development in Callan, Co.Kilkenny is unique in its approach to addressing problems which are at the fore in modern day Ireland; homelessness, housing shortages, vacant sites in urban areas and the hollowing out of previously vibrant town centres.
The project involved the complete refurbishment of an existing three storey building which consisted of residential above derelict commercial units to create six new one bedroom apartments for a local social housing provider. Works included the installation of new services throughout, interior design, fit-out and new contextual shopfront.
The approach was to maintain a street level shopfront design language in a visibly contemporary manner. The town has a history of association with the arts and Bridge Street has a fine selection of eclectic shopfronts. This inspiration lead to the architects collaborating with local artists to design a new contemporary shopfront which is bold yet contextual. It is hoped that this new addition to Upper Bridge Street whilst primarily providing new homes to people in need will also help to progress the gallant efforts of the locals in their campaign to use art as a generator for urban renewal in this Irish town.