A&L Goodbody Headquarters

A&L Goodbody is headquartered in the heart of Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre. As part of a major regeneration of a redundant dockland area into a vibrant mixed use urban quarter, this prominent, south facing, riverfront site, demanded a building of the highest design quality. The building has proven itself adaptable to meeting the changing needs of a modern legal practice, where the ability to develop new areas of expertise in response to changing client needs is a prerequisite for continued success.

Awards

Selected for Exhibition
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
2000


Client
A&L Goodbody

Location
Dublin 1, Ireland

Status
In Use

Area
11,000 sq.m


Expertise

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 1,800 sq.m, the 12,100 sq.m 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.

A series of commissioned works by leading Irish artists are exhibited to atrium circulation routes at each level, giving a unique vibrancy to the heart of the building, enjoyed by all who work there.

The axis of the main water feature is expressed by a bronze sculpture by Michael Warren. A tapestry, designed by Louis le Brocquy and woven in Aubusson, hangs behind the reception desk. The piece is titled Uccello and it is based on the orange tree in the painting 'Rout of San Romano' by Paulo di Bono.

Above the central garden, screen walls at each level display works by leading Irish artists, including Anne Madden, Richard Gorman, Michael Coleman, Ciaran Lennon and Charles Tyrell among others. These artworks are naturally lit by the overhead glass lattice cable roof structure which creates vibrant work spaces throughout the building.

Internally, ground floor meeting rooms, conference facilities and dining facilities for both visitors and staff, overlook a central atrium garden.

Mature bamboos grow towards the pyramidal skylight with its delicate cable structure, 6 stories above.

A series of commissioned works by leading Irish artists are exhibited to atrium circulation routes at each level, giving a unique vibrancy to the heart of the building, enjoyed by all who work there.