Molesworth Street, Dublin
Our focus on this project has been to blend seamlessly the Georgian character of Molesworth Street with a modern workplace environment whilst respecting context. No. 32 is a combination of the adaptive re-use of an existing Georgian building with a new 5 storey extension connected by a glazed atrium. Located on Molesworth Street connecting through to School House Lane taking up the gardens of the adjoining building, this development is entered through no.32 and from Molesworth Street, but extends to the sites behind no’s 30 & 31. The design allows the original building to breath comfortably and shows a respect by separating the old from the new.
The building plot is deep and narrow, offering minimal street frontage to front and rear. The placement of a glazed atrium and courtyard brings significant light into the centre of the plan and internal voids distribute daylight throughout the plan. The atrium is the central orientating feature of the building, functionally linking old and new parts, while visually separating both to allow each part to express its distinctive character. The new harmonised brick facades convey a calm and welcoming appearance through subtle textures. The generous full height windows respect the historical proportions of the existing building while further enhancing internal daylight levels.
This is an excellent example of how to adapt and modulate Georgian buildings into modern working environments while being respectful and complimentary to the setting and history of the site. By carefully respecting the existing building and providing an elegant well-proportioned office building this project looks boldly to the future.