Eye-catching, vibrant and themed around street art, The Hendrick is a distinctive new boutique hotel, just completed and located in the heart of Dublin’s cultural hub in Smithfield.
Surrounded by some of the city’s top tourist attractions, this six-storey contemporary hotel boasts a dynamic café and bar area and 146 unique rooms.
The Hotel was developed by the Dublin Loft Company.
Kelly Cosgrave, director of the Dublin Loft Company said: “We had an idea that we wanted a hotel with micro-style rooms, as this is the way forward for the market – particularly for city hotels.
“In terms of style, this was heavily influenced by the local area, Smithfield, which is very ‘arty’. The design of The Hendrick is therefore themed on street art by Irish and international artists, complimented by an ‘industrial’ look (many of our residential schemes are also art-themed, so we wanted to continue this concept).”
The hotel offers three different room types and includes 83 doubles, 24 twins, 31 bunks with a double lower bed and eight accessible rooms. All have power showers, super-speed wi-fi, extremely comfortable mattresses, art prints, TVs, usb plugs and creative storage spaces. Other features include herringbone finish flooring, a desk and chair.
The 190 sqm lobby area includes a stunning brass bar with a stone top, antiqued mirrors and planting. The bar offering includes an extensive cocktail menu and coffee prepared by qualified baristas.
There is also a ‘grab and go’ food offering with a table and tea and coffee making facilities for guests.
The lobby area features bespoke concrete ceilings, hardwood and grain stained oak flooring, banquette seating, tables and couches, and a rich variety of artworks by Irish and international artists.
The Hendrick’s art collection is particularly unique, celebrating the urban art-forms of graffiti and street art.
This extensive collection documents all eras of urban art, from the birth of letter-based graffiti and stencil street art up to the most progressive and avant garde movements of today.
Ireland’s finest artists practicing within this field hang side by side with many of the global greats. The hotel includes over 259 artworks commissioned by Irish artist James Earley.
The hotel is also the first in Ireland to achieve a LEED ‘Gold’ rating as a leader in energy efficiency and environmental design.
Kelly Cosgrave concluded: “In terms of design, the main challenges of the project included getting the most from the relatively small room sizes – with creative storage which is both functional and visually appealing being one of the key solutions.
“Ours is a family business and this is our first hotel development, requiring a great deal of effort on our part to make it a unique brand using creative flair tied into the history of the area.
“We are really happy with the project and are excited to have started out next hotel development on the North Circular Road due for completion in November 2020.”
The project started in February 2018 and was completed in May 2019.
Established in 2013 by Mark Cosgrave, Andrew Cosgrave and Kelly Cosgrave, the Dublin Loft Company is a developer of quality residential apartments across Ireland.
The company specialises in boutique Dublin City centre developments, designing unique spaces and bringing the best in contemporary design and styling, while making sure every room is practically functional. All developments are built to the highest standards and designed to cater for modern urban life.
One Off worked with the Dublin loft company in the development of the bespoke elements & general fit out of the bar and lobby area.
The material palette was selected to provide a refined industrial look, with a range of creative and functional pieces based on the street art theme which runs throughout the hotel.
The concept was refined through review of physical samples before moving on to a 3d model. This allowed furniture and finishes to be viewed in context of the proposed artwork. Solid woodblock end grain flooring is the foundation to the space, and provides a distinctive style.
The fit out mixes high quality materials with new techniques, the bar for instance has a laser cut logo sitting discreetly in the antique brass panelling. The planting over bar area reflects in the bevelled mirror panels to increase the visual greenery.
Banquette seating to the bar and central lobby area is in high grade leathers, combined with a stitch detailing which is inspired by vintage car seats.
Café seats use a modern felt with table tops in rustic oak. Marble topped tables before the bar Increase usability of the space while the lounge area with leather sofas is complimented by a trio of polished brass tables.