Octatube realises a new landmark for the new Myrtle quare in the heart of Dún Laoghaire Town (in south Dublin). This wooden and steel canopy will provide an attractive place for locals and visitors to linger and relax.
The canopy is 20 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 10 meters high. Four steel columns support the entire canopy, welded together for stability. A steel mesh within two of the columns allows climbing plants to grow up. The wooden elements are carried by the steel structure and do not have a structural function.
The silhouette of the structure – designed by Dara O'Daly from the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – has been inspired by both the gable-fronted houses seen around the town and the hulls of moored boats seen down at the harbour. The use of tension bars and steel compression struts help achieving the architectural intent.
Read more about this project here.