Designed by the Irish architecture firm Bucholz McEvoy and completed in 2008, this project was imagined by the architects as what they call a 'mini city'. The original scheme was to include a restaurant, a leisure centre complete with a swimming pool, 300 residential units, a conference centre and a hotel and over 30,000 sqm of office space. In 2013, apart from some office space which is occupied by an insurance company, the successful senior citzens county council housing and a sparsely occupied residential block, much of this development lies vacant.
One article we read by architect Raymund Ryan, written at the completion of the project, suggests that 'Elmpark is a provocative act of Celtic Tiger entrepreneurship...an urban experiment, a thesis for how Ireland might continue to develop in this new globalised country'. Well indeed it might be... but I have a feeling we'll be waiting a while to reap the benefits of this experiment.
black suede sleeve blazer - To To boutique tailors, Vietnam
mustard yellow suede peplum - Bondi Junction, Sydney
patterned jeans - h&m
cuff rings - asos
black side patch top - ZARA
leather effect leggings - Topshop
black ankle platform wedges - Sam Edelmen
watch - NIXON