Our Hopes for the Sanctuary Garden.

a view of the Sanctuary garden and adjacent field from an elevated position

At the Sanctuary we hope to be able to develop the derelict field that is adjacent to us, into an additional part of the Sanctuary garden.

Even in the midst of a summer that is struggling to find its feet, our current garden is a truly beautiful place. At this time of year people can come and participate in our daily meditations and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the Sanctuary garden offers here in the heart of Dublin City.

the Sanctuary garden a close up of the garden pond 

Our Intention

Our intention is to create an additional garden area that will give visitors to the Sanctuary even more opportunity to connect with themselves amidst the beauty of the Natural World.

In order to help us realise this vision we reached out the talented students at the UCD School of Landscape Architecture and enlisted their help in a design competition. We asked them to submit proposals for the development and we were amazed by the creativity and passion the students invested in their projects.

Stoneybatter Pride of Place Festival

Over the course of the Stoneybatter Pride of Place Festival the proposals submitted by the students will be on display in our current garden space and visitors will be able to pick their favourite from the students’ proposals. Sticky Stars will be provided for you to assign to your favourite design over the weekend. So come along and see for yourself what we hope to do.

Rubric for the students’ proposals
UCD student proposal for the Sanctuary Garden UCD student proposal for the Sanctuary Garden UCD student proposal for the Sanctuary Garden UCD student proposal for the Sanctuary Garden

The students were instructed to take the following considerations into account:

  • The ethos of the Sanctuary
  • The spirit of the place / “genius loci”
  • The historic and urban context
  • The history of the site, its neighbourhood and the district
  • The current and future development of the area
  • The integration of existing and new buildings and gardens
  • The site boundaries
  • The main and subspaces
  • Access and accessibility
  • Universal access
  • Views in and views out
  • The phasing of the implementation
  • Low maintenance garden

the Sanctuary and adjacent field pictured from a helicopter above an elevated view of the current sanctuary garden a view of the Sanctuary garden and adjacent field from an elevated position

Comments 1

  1. As someone who has enjoyed THE sanctuary, specially the garden, I completely endorse any expansion, and inclusion of young people. Too bad it is not possible to drive up & Park there. As an older person it is a bit complicated to access. It will not put me off however & I hope to attend soon. Katherine kelly

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