HSQ “HEUSTON SOUTH QUARTER” IS EVOLVING [WATCH THIS SPACE]REF-1070176
This area has improved somewhat since my last visit.
Photographed using a Sony A7RM2 with Sony SEL18200 APC-C lens with camera set to cropped mode
HSQ, set on a former quarry, was designed to offer a dynamic working environment with an impressive 600,000 sq feet of modern office space plus accommodation for 5,000 workers.
Situated on an axis between the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dr Steevens' Hospital and Collins Barracks, it is at the heart of a very important cultural area. It was planned that the development would include 40,000 square feet of cultural space but I have not idea what that actually means.
To create a sustainable development, the largest biomass plant in Ireland was installed within the Brunel Building to provide heating and hot water to apartments, with capacity to serve all uses. Excellent Sedum-planted roofs are used within the scheme and office buildings incorporate triple-skin glazing and are achieving performance equivalent to BREEAM Excellent. Extensive use of prefabrication and off-site construction used helped reduce the carbon footprint and accelerate the programme.
After taking about 250 photographs I am convinced that the SEL18200 works very well combined with the A7RM2 and I am certain that this combination outperforms the NEX-7/SEL18200 combination [I really do hope that this is not wishful thinking on my part].