This radical new housing design could have Dubliners living the high life 6 months ago

This radical new housing design could have Dubliners living the high life

Are we looking at the future of Irish living?

The concept of the isolated sky-scraping residential block lends itself well to dystopian science-fiction.

Recent years have brought us such adventures as Dredd and the Tom Hiddleston-starring High-Rise, both of which present a fairly nightmarish vision of living in the future.

Following the news that Dublin ranks especially high amongst the most expensive places in the country in which to buy a house, perhaps a radical alternative is needed.

That's what Blackrock-based Bright Design Architects have in mind, anyway.

They propose that the city expands not outwards, but upwards, with waterfront vertical suburbs housed in Dublin's docklands with a new city link to Dollymount Strand, in addition to a light rail link to Dublin Airport via the Port Tunnel.

But then you'd never really need to leave.

High-Rise

The proposed 'Habistrata' would contain living, working, and recreation services all housed in a singular 112-level complex.

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Vertical villages with elevated neighbourhood parks and playgrounds are also in play, with specific levels dedicated entirely to the likes of education, medical, retail, and exercise needs.

Here's a daytime version of how the idea might look:

Dublin High Rise

Pretty impressive, you have to say.

"The aversion to apartment living and high rise development needs a tailored Irish solution to a global problem and one that is sustainable," say the Bright Design team.

The solution to the housing crisis, or a preview of the next season of Black Mirror?

Check out the full concept in the video below.

Clip via Bright Design Architects