Irish Times building

Type: Commercial Office Development
Status: Completed 2004
Client: Dublin City Council

This building is a commercial development by Dublin City Council comprising 6 floors and a penthouse of office accommodation over a ground floor showroom and basement level car park.

The rectangular ground floor plan reinforces the orthogonal nature of the urban block. The bulk of the office accommodation is located overhead in a contrasting curvilinear form which sails close to the site boundary. It is clad in basalt and is read as a black mass floating over an insubstantial ground floor. Service and ancillary areas are located in a slim rectangular box on the eastern or ‘interior’ face of the site. This is clad in a red clay brick consistent with that of existing landmarks in the vicinity.

This project received an award for design excellence from the RIAI and a special mention in the 2004 Awards of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

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  • View north along Tara Street

    View north along Tara Street

  • Penthouse and Stair

    Penthouse and Stair

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  • Ground floor plan

    Ground floor plan

  • basements vents

    basements vents