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The Irish Times Lobby and Reception

The Irish Times project was to develop a new concept and design for the lobby and educational meeting rooms of The Irish Times to embrace the idea of moving from a hard copy newspaper to a digital information news form; to move away from the image of a ‘corporate space’ to a contemporary newspaper environment relevant to the new digital information age.

The design incorporates 6 LED screens as a seamless video wall measuring 2.8m wide x 1.5m high in the centre of the lobby, which is connected by software to the newsroom on the 3rd floor. This updates incoming information and can be seen from the street outside.

The new reception desk was designed to be much smaller than the existing one, in order to open up the space and allow for meetings while also allowing it to flow into the popular educational training/meeting rooms.

The scheme incorporates new furniture de- signed by PKA; reception desk, iPad table, some iconic Eames chairs and floor lamps by Irish designer Andrew Clancy.

The scheme also included the addition of the text of the Irish Times Constitution and this was incorporated within the lobby and the meeting room to connect the importance of language to the business and to emphasise the ethos of the company.

The vibrant magenta colour was selected as the most vibrant of The Irish Times corporate colours. Combined with white, it pro- vides contrasts strongly with the new black walls and reception desk to give vitality to the space.

From the success of this phase, PKA are now working on later phases of remodeling the newspaper offices.

Client: The Irish Times

Value: N/A
Size: 3200sqm

Reference: Ms. Claire Considine
Design: 2013
Completion: 2013