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Fosters Atlantic Quarter Trio Uncorked

The Atlantic Quarter is a new urban development for the Irish city of Cork with a trio of landmark towers designed by Foster and Partners.

Named the Atlantic Quarter, the massive scheme worth some 850 million euros is being developed by Howard Holdings Plc as one of the largest urban regeneration proposals in the Republic of Ireland.

As well as the contributions of Foster and Partner it's the product of numerous other architects including HKR, STW and Patel Taylor who are all working on various lower-rise blocks and Wilkinson and Eyre who have secured a great reputation for bridge design and are hoping to continue that here with a new crossing over the River Lee.

Foster and Partners three towers will contain some 350 apartments between them with the tallest reaching 28 floors and have a communal roof garden encased by a fašade overrun whilst the third tower will rise to 10 floors. The upper floors will feature an observation gallery whilst there will be a restaurant on the ground floor.

The other two towers will rise to 20 and 10 floors in height each also topped by a communal garden enclosed behind the buildings glass facades. They will also each have retail on their ground levels.

The schemes footprints are essential circular in plan with Foster and Partners taking their cues from the traditional high-rise architecture of Ireland - a Round Tower.

These are a type of tower built during the medieval period, usually next to monasteries that served not only as a bell tower but also a watchtower and place to hide from marauding invaders. Thankfully Ireland is a safer place these days and there's little danger of residents facing this threat.

The proposals for the Atlantic Quarter are still at a planning stage and have yet to gain approval. If they do, two of them will be the new tallest buildings in Cork beating the under construction 17 storey Elysian.

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Atlantic Quarter Tower 1

Atlantic Quarter Tower 1
Atlantic Quarter Tower 2

Atlantic Quarter Tower 2
Atlantic Quarter Tower 3

Atlantic Quarter Tower 3
The Atlantic Quarter, Cork
The Atlantic Quarter, Cork
The Atlantic Quarter, Cork
The Atlantic Quarter, Cork