Pathways to Home
About the Designer
After completing a degree in Landscape Architecture at University College Dublin, Seán O’Malley pursued his passion for design and is currently an Associate Landscape Architect with Griffin Landscape Architecture. Through his work, Seán seeks to create meaningful designs, adopting a sensitive approach to transform existing spaces.
A third-generation horticulturist and gardener, Oisín Griffin holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from University College Dublin and a Masters in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from Queen’s University Belfast. He leads the design firm, Griffin Landscape Architecture, and seeks to explore sustainable and ecologically enhanced landscapes through his designs.
The Pathways to Home garden is designed to represent the journey from homelessness and sleeping rough to living in a safe and secure home. Reflective of the physical and emotional journey undertaken by the Trust’s clients, the garden provides a respite from the pressures of homelessness.
A series of pathways of varying heights transects the garden and suggests a staggered journey punctuated by opportunities to seek support. A constrained use of colour defines the textured planting at different levels, which is complemented by the stillness of the timber benches. Carved from wind-blown silver fir, they provide places for contemplation and conversation while overlooking the calming water and considering one’s pathway through life.
Designed by Seán O’Malley and Oisín Griffin, the garden prompts reflection on the innovative work of Peter McVerry Trust, which provides homes, embedded in a green environment, and wraparound services as part of the Government’s ‘Housing First’ model.
Reflective of the physical and emotional journey undertaken by the Trust’s clients, the garden provides a respite from the pressures of homelessness.