Social Housing Architecture photography for BKD Architects. This project was part of an urban renewal program carried out between 2008 and 2012. The area was a public housing scheme consisting of mansion blocks and apartment blocks. It was known as Fatima Mansions. The mansion block were demolished and replace under a public private partnership apartment scheme. The area is now called Herberton. Images of Herberton ( by Reddy Architecture and Urbanism) can be seen elsewhere in on the website.
As a photography project the scheme was quite challenging to photograph. We were commissioned about 4 years after completion of the building. This was due to the phased basis of the building program of the entire Fatima Mansions area. In essence the locality had been a building site for about 4 years. To complicate matters on street parking was an issue. We photographed the buildings in the early morning to get the best light and avoid some of the parking issues. The buildings have a strong urban presence, pleasing color and some nice details where they meet the street. They are a good example social housing architecture developed in the Irish context.