Coda Architects were asked to designed a scheme for the retro-fitting and extension of an existing dated office building which sits to the north of The Four Courts Complex in Dublin 1, the former home of the Motor Tax office. The proposed building is organized to provide for public and private circulation and the accommodation provided over 6 levels in the reconfigured building is c. 3385 sq.m.
The principle structure is a concrete frame with precast profiled concrete floors with a modular concrete panel system to the facade. The brief was to retain the existing structure and re-clad the frame, re-working the interior layout to meet the client requirements. The proposal seeks to work with the existing structure, removing the facades and striping the building back to the structural frame. Double height spaces will be created internally in signature areas like the main entrance by removing sections of the existing floors.
The building will be completely re-clad with a natural stone base and a combination of glazing and bronze panels on the upper levels. This proposal works with the existing structure and enhances and exploits the natural qualities of the site to produce a building of civic quality and one befitting a modern office facility.
Drawings were prepared together with CGI images to illustrate the development. The project is currently being marketed to potential tenants.