Irish Projects 2017
Bewley’s Grafton Street Reopens its Doors
– The Heart and Hearth of Dublin returns to Grafton Street
Bewley’s Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, reopened its doors recently. After a multi-million-euro refurbishment, the much-loved and much-missed café is ready to welcome back customers.
Regulars will find that the uniquely outstanding elements of the original café have been carefully restored – the Harry Clarke windows, the banquettes, the ten open fireplaces and the Egyptian-motifed façades on Grafton Street and Johnson’s Court. Customers will find that the building has been opened up and reimagined to allow more natural light, and stunning new design elements including both black Carlow oyster limestone and white Carrara marble. There’s an open-concept bakery so customers can see old favourites such as the Sticky Buns and new delights like Bewley’s Café Gourmand being crafted by some of Europe’s finest patissiers and bakers.
Seating throughout the café is table service and customers can also enjoy their coffee Italian-style while standing next to the new Bar Italiano in the front café.
Commenting on the reopening of Bewley’s Grafton Street, Paddy Campbell of Bewley’s said, “It’s a dream come true that Bewley’s Grafton Street is open again and that it’s finally achieved the beauty that we’ve always aspired to. And at a functional level, customers will experience a place that has been designed so that we can deliver great service and the best coffees and teas in town.”
“I grew up in inner-city Dublin and Bewley’s Grafton Street has always had a very special place in my heart. There are customers who’ve been coming here for seventy years, such is our legacy. And now there’s the opportunity to welcome younger generations to the wonders of the place. We hope that it will make people proud. Something unique in the character of Dublin has been missing and I’m thrilled it’s back.”
Bewley’s Grafton Street showcases the Bewley’s tradition of excellence and expertise in tea and coffee, with world-champion baristas turning out world-class beverages. All the coffee is Fairtrade certified and the ethical commitment continues with the building’s leading-edge sustainability practices.
Bewley’s award-winning teas and coffees are available in Bewley’s Grafton Street, as well as in supermarkets nationwide and online at Bewleys.com.
Glory Days Return at the Stella
The iconic Stella cinema in Rathmines in Dublin, which first opened in 1923, has been restored to its 1920s art deco glory. The restoration is said to have been aided by historical photos and research into the original cinema; Inspired by luxury cinemas internationally, it is the brainchild of the Press Up Group who enlisted the interior design talent of ODonnell ONeill Design.
The cinema’s 1980s facade was removed and the original was uncovered and now approximates the granite and brick of the original; a small section of the granite surround remained, and served as a guide to recreate the original 1920s facade.
Inside, the foyer boasts wooden dark grey panelling, and a white and black mosaic floor, with the S for Stella as the centrepiece, surrounded by hand-laid fan-patterned mosaics. Together with another similar floor area outside the main auditorium door, it is a faithful reproduction of an original floor upstairs at balcony level.
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LinkedIn EMEA HQ Opens
LinkedIn’s new Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) headquarters has now opened its doors in Dublin, Ireland. AECOM with RKD Architects delivered design and project management for the new sustainable 17,600 sq.m development. The new site provides capacity for over 1,000 staff for LinkedIn’s Irish base.
The development includes a commercial kitchen and restaurant, gym and wellness centre, flexible meeting space, feature stairs connecting each floor via an atrium and public realm improvements.
The building is designed to a LEED Gold standard owing to its various sustainable attributes. These include an innovative, integrated and sustainable drainage system, which significantly reduces discharge rates to Irish Water grid whilst incorporating rainwater harvesting to reduce the demand on public water supply. The pump for the water system is linked to the building management system onto a single network platform for remote monitoring and control.
In addition to the above, the façade of the building combines stringent thermal standards to reduce heating and cooling demands whilst allowing the necessary daylight to the occupied space. The façade system uses an active blind system that reduces the direct solar heat gain in periods of high level solar glare. The cavity between the blind and glazing–which would traditionally retain heat and radiate back into the building– is ventilated by extract fans in the ceiling void. This system reduces heat gain by 81%.
AECOM also completed the structural engineering of the building, which consists of a braced reinforced concrete framed structure and traditional flat slab construction. The basement structure is formed by a perimeter secant pile wall due to the presence of a high ground water table. The building frame is also supported on the perimeter secant piles and internally on pile foundations. Primary structural steelwork frames support the open air plantrooms on the fifth floor and the pop-up atrium roof. Open air terraces occur on every level of the building from second floor to fifth floo.
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National Treasure reopens
The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has reopened to the public following a period of extensive refurbishment and modernisation of its historic wings on Merrion Square.
The multimillion-euro refurbishment project was carried out by the Office of Public Works’ Project Management Services, with architects Heneghan Peng as the Design Team Leaders. The project is co-funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Office of Public Works. Central to the modernisation work has been the construction of a state-of-the-art underground energy centre housing vital services for the entire Gallery. Original nineteenth-century architectural features and spaces are revealed and majestic windows now open onto a spacious light-filled courtyard created by Heneghen Peng. This new courtyard dramatically enhances visitors’ orientation between the historic Dargan and Milltown wings. It is also the site for a dramatic sculpture, Magnus Modus, by Joseph Walsh, commissioned by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
The period of refurbishment allowed for an extensive survey of the Gallery’s permanent collection. More than 450 works underwent conservation and research. The most spectacular of these is Daniel Maclise’s The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife (1854), which, after an ambitious conservation and research project, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has been preserved for future generations and returned to the elegant surrounds of the Shaw Room in the Dargan Wing.
Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland says: “We are delighted to welcome back all our visitors to enjoy the Gallery’s beautifully restored buildings on Merrion Square. We anticipate many visitors from Ireland and abroad to view our new presentation of the permanent collection and attend our exciting programme of exhibitions and public events. The refurbishment project has been a great success. We kept our doors open to the public throughout the lifetime of this project, and, remarkably, with over 80% of its galleries closed during that period, we attracted attendances of over 700,000 annually. We are indebted to our visitors for their patience and support throughout, to the Office of Public Works and design team, led by Heneghan Peng, and our parent Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This project begins a vibrant new chapter in the Gallery’s future.”
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