1997 - 1999
IFSC, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
A&L Goodbody Solicitors
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Selected for Exhibition
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A & L Goodbody is a leading law firm of over 80 partners and 400 legal staff with 6 offices across Ireland, the UK and the USA. Entering its second century, the firm required a new Dublin headquarters to reunite staff from three office locations and underpin their ambitions for growth.
The prominent, south facing, riverfront site demanded a building of the highest design quality, as part of a major regeneration of this redundant dockland area into a vibrant mixed use urban quarter within Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre.
The building form evolved from a desire to maximise natural daylight to all work areas. Modular private offices are located around the perimeter with open plan work areas overlooking the atrium, allowing for maximum flexibility in the replanning of any department.
The central atrium is a focal point which brings natural light into the heart of this deep building, and allows visibility between teams working at all levels. Rich landscaping and a series of commissioned artworks enhance the quality of the space for staff and create a spectacular impression for visiting clients.
Laid out over six floors with a typical office floorplate of 1,800sqm, the 12,100sqm building achieves a plot ratio of over 2.5:1. Other noteworthy features include a 1 MW combined heat and power plant which meets the heating and cooling load for the building, exporting excess heat to other buildings on this 5 hectare urban quarter.
Most importantly, the building has proven adaptable to meet the changing needs of the modern legal practice, where the ability to develop new areas of expertise in response to changing client needs is a prerequisite for continued success.