Spike Island Masterplan Cork Harbour 2011
With West8 Landscape Architects, Arup, CHL Consulting and Southgate Associates

The island sits in the centre of Cork Harbour where for centuries it has been a defensive fort and convict prison. It was finally decommissioned in 2005 and Cork County Council intends to develop it as a tourist site celebrating its complex history.

Our proposal sought to clarify the distinctive layers of the islands past and to bridge into a sustainable future of ecological tourism based on the rich marine life in the harbour. A marine research station combined with aquarium and centres for sailing and diving all contribute to a vision for the harbour based on a rich and diverse maritime heritage.

 

Spike island
Spike island
Spike island


Spike island