Brief: To expose and embrace the existing building aesthetic, keeping materials, spaces and the building’s historical elements intact and create a new co-working space on Thomas Street, Dublin 8. Sympathetic interventions were made and the quirks within the building have been accented. Artwork has been implemented throughout to bring an element of enjoyment. The colourful and contemporary furniture selection gives a nod to classic design. Salvaged items of furniture were reinserted into the proposal, maintaining elements of the building’s industrial past. Once a building used for rational labour, 151-156 Thomas Street is now an interior marvel, enhancing inspiration and productivity.
The building has two distinctive spaces, each with their own defining character. Both identities have been used as the foundation for contemporary office spaces, respecting the context whilst breathing energy and life into this historically significant building. The ground floor has a café open to the public and a restaurant opening out into a semi enclosed courtyard. Courtyards become “Streets” linking the “Georgian” to the warehouse. Design details in areas such as the reception and the café take inspiration from the era 151-156 Thomas Street was constructed. 1930’s style timber panelling has been retained and forms banquette seating in the café. Distressed antique mirrors and marble countertops compliment a rich colour palette edged with brass accents. Ledger books, itemising transactions by the former IAWS, are integrated into the reception desk, in the form of a display cabinet. Furthermore, existing seed drawers are to be reused for storage in the new reception.
Architects: ODOS Architects
Project Manager: Cogent Associates
Structural/Civil Engineer: OBA Consulting
M&E Engineer: Renaissance Engineering
Quantity Surveyor: Thorne Sarsfield
Fire Consultant: Warrington Fire
PSDP: Wherity Chartered Surveyors
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