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Kodak House, Rathmines

The renovation and conservation of the landmark Kodak building in Rathmines has given a new lease of life to one of Dublin’s few remaining examples of Art Deco architecture.

PKA’s client - one of Ireland’s leading firms in advertising and marketing - emphasised that the design be in sympathy with the robust industrial style of the original, as opposed to the ubiquitous carpet, suspended ceiling and fluorescent environment of most contemporary office interiors.

The open-plan space is planned to create a studio-type arrangement, with teams organised around specific project assignments; the design facilitates this model, and internal rooms provide enclosed spaces for private meetings and back-up services. The most significant intervention is the new mezzanine floor - and its curved steel rooflight structure - which runs the whole length of the first floor and provides extra space, additional daylight, and an attractive work environment.

PKA’s renovation also upgraded the energy performance of the building; the original structure was insulated throughout, new energy efficient heating and lighting systems were installed, and the main office spaces are almost entirely naturally lit and ventilated.

The project received an RIAI Award and won a prestigious Glen Dimplex Design Award in 2002. It was shortlisted for the RIAI Silver Medal for Conservation and has featured in international publications on the design principles of remodeling existing buildings for contemporary uses.

Client: Quirke Lynch Holdings / Cawley Nea Advertising & Marketing,
Value: €1,143,000

Size: 735 Sq.M.

Reference: Mr. Noel Quirke, Quirke Lynch Holdings.
Design: 1999
Completion: 2002