The Masonry is one of Dublin City’s largest Edwardian properties; 40,000sq ft. of Edwardian office space interconnects to 30,000sq ft. of brick and beam restored warehouse. Spanning 70,000 sq.ft, over six floors, The Masonry is one of the few and rare repurposed warehouses in Dublin City.
For Iconic Offices, with plans to expand their food and beverage offering to the public, The Masonry building provided the opportunity to do so. This led to the exciting transformation of The Masonry into a modern-day onsite restaurant and dining experience with event space, meeting rooms, offices and co-working space, with two internal courtyards.
Joe McGinley from Iconic Offices told PREMIER HOSPITALITY: “I think you see a lot of buildings like this in London but not to this kind of scale in Dublin. Most of our Georgian or Edwardian properties are around 5,000sq. ft., where as this one is close to 35,000sq ft. with another 35,000 sq.ft. warehouse to the rear, so it is a really unusual property for Dublin.
“From the outset we had a really good idea of what we wanted to do. When we saw the building, we knew it lent itself to a particular use and was a space that could be divided in a particular way.
“For us this project has been really important. It is probably the largest project we have done in terms of square footage and it is also the most complex build that we have done. We took the reins on the entire project and were redeveloping the site for not only ourselves, but the landlord as well. For us, it was a really good case study for what we could bring to the table versus another operator so from that perspective it is a really important project for us.”
An expansive luxurious reception offers a stylish yet relaxed lounge and casual breakout space for members as well as a welcoming point for visiting guests, fully operated by three staff at any one time.
Distressed antique mirrors and marble countertops complement a deeply rich colour palette with brass detailing. Ledger books, itemising transactions by the former IAWS residence are on display, integrated into the reception desk beneath a glass top cabinet. Existing seed drawers, lovingly restored, are back in use for storage at reception. The blend of new materials married with the original features offers an eclectic, playful and inviting workspace introduction to The Masonry.
Café and Restaurant
An expansive reception and Vandal café take inspiration from the era of reconstruction. 1930’s style timber panelling has been retained and can be seen through banquette seating for the café and restaurant, providing comfortable spaces to unwind and dine with friends or colleagues. The food, atmosphere and the careful design allows Vandal to offer a relaxing space away from the working desk or for business meetings, as well as a dining experience unique to the Dublin 8 area.
The existing external courtyard, now an internal courtyard with a partial opening, provides a unique break out space and al fresco dining at Vandal café & restaurant. Stretching overhead beams support a glass roof to the internal courtyard. Connection points on the bridge repurpose the old hatch door placements previously used to dispatch grain to the horse and carts below. With café style seating and black timber benches, feature walls of existing brick, this space celebrates the original courtyard and building history.
Flexibility has been key in the design of the meeting rooms with sliding partitions between the four 10 person rooms, allowing for a larger meeting space or hosting of events/talks and workshops. Richly coloured soft furnishing and carpets are contrasted by bespoke partition detail with framed Edwardian wire glass sections and custom art, to create productive and comfortable environments for long meetings and key presentations.
Dark teal carpets and lighter white walls match the timber decorative elements. All existing cornicing and decorative elements were retained enhancing this buildings beautiful features. The street-facing offices have original cornicing details and high ceilings, forming key elements in the new design. The interventions of the former office spaces are bright and energetic, breathing new life into this historic context.
The design for the co-working space allows for multiple ways of working. Here members can choose from a studio, dedicated desk, hot desking or light memberships, working from a different spot every day. Informal and designated phone booths offer the opportunity to change scenery for casual meetings or discuss business matters in a sound-proof booth. Existing timber flooring, exposed brick and steel beams with white washed brick walls have been retained from the original building and placed front and centre to the design aesthetic of this space.
Existing timber flooring, exposed brick detail and steel beams with white washed brick walls provide a bright yet elegant workspace. The design approach has been sympathetic to the historical context by producing high-end office space, while celebrating significant details thus enhancing the high-end design and finishes.
A minimalist style kitchen with black units and stainless steel counters, the kitchen is top lit with voids to the floors above, highlighted with planting around void perimeters. The space was designed to be contemporary with an industrial feel. Fully stocked with tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks, the kitchen at The Masonry acts as a congregation and networking point in the building with bench seating and food preparation facilities throughout.
CGDM Construction Ireland Ltd
CGDM Construction Ireland Ltd is a multi-award-winning company specialising in commercial construction and fit-out projects. The company has offices in Dublin, Newry and London.
Over the last 11 years CGDM has evolved significantly, initially offering architectural and project management services, to now being a construction and fit-out business – which combines the skillsets of the senior management team.
CGDM acted as the main contractor for The Masonry and was tasked with structurally trying to adjust the building, and maintain original pillars, glasswork and brickwork while incorporating modern mechanical and electrical facilities required for a modern office space, without impacting on the original character of the building.
Along with its work on Kingspan’s brand new Global Innovation Centre, CGDM continues to be an industry leader completing high-profile projects for PLC’s and multi-national clients.
A spokesperson for CGDM commented:
“It has been an honour for CGDM to work on these outstanding projects. The calibre of these projects, and the clients we are involved with, reflects the high standards we operate too. We have always had an emphasis on collaboration and to meet expectations, which has been truly reflected in both ‘The Masonry’ for Iconic Offices and ‘IKON’ for Kingspan. Being recognised and winning awards at the Fit-Out Awards and at the International Property Awards, is very important as it gives everyone in the team a boost.”