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Conversion of Warehouse to Offices

  • Architect:
    de Blacam & Meagher
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Dublin
Conversion of Warehouse to Offices

Citation

Dublin (over £100,000)

A restrained and assured conversion of a warehouse, notable for the extent to which the architect both enhances and respects the existing context. 

Architects Comments 
This three storey 19th Century warehouse has been refurbished and converted to office accommodation. An emphasis was placed on maintaining as much of the original building fabric as possible. New interventions were kept to a minimum and designed to compliment the existing. Masonry walls, steel structure and timber floors have been restored. Steel windows have been repaired where possible and new windows designed to match. The roof had been re-slated and a 25m long roof-light introduced. Ancillary accommodation and services are confined within a simple core rising at one end of the plan, leaving unobstructed areas for offices. 

Clients Comments
When we first saw this old warehouse lying at right angles to the Grand Canal Dock, we immediately recognised the unique environment it could have as offices in a restored setting. This type of chance is rarely available to a Developer, so it was essential that the opportunity be exploited sensitively by an Architect who could also see this vision and realise it in the correct fashion. There are now more than 200 people working in the building and tenant satisfaction levels are the highest we have ever seen, proof positive of the effects of correctly designed workspace. We will be doing several more such buildings in collaboration with the Architect.