Confidential Pharmaceutical Client Offices – Dublin

A once tired and dated workplace has been transformed to align with this confidential pharmaceutical client's move to a hybrid work model at their dynamic Dublin location.

  • Client Unnamed Company,
  • size 17,000 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Location Dublin, Ireland,
  • Industry Healthcare,
  • McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects created a dynamic and creative space for a confidential pharmaceutical client’s offices in Dublin, Ireland.

    Each floor has a central collaboration strip with phone booths, hot desks, touch-down seating, and multi-height group tables. The workstations are located in the natural daylight along the windows which look into the high-quality external landscaping. Greenery is extended internally into all areas with planters at the end of each workstation and located throughout the office. Hackable rooms, external terrace, large canteen and varied coffee docks further enhance the areas that staff can choose to work in on their days in the office.

    At the global forefront of vaccine development, but working from home for the pandemic, the client took the opportunity to assess their workplace. They moved decisively to a design focused on maximising employee engagement and reimagined their workplace to encourage all colleagues back to campus.

    Giving more space to each workstation is combined with a free address seating policy. This creates a less dense, more attractive workplace which has more choice to colleagues on where and how they engage with work on in the office. Giving more options within the office for ‘Together’ and ‘Apart’, gives new excitement to the workplace.

    Vision / Concept
    The driving concept was to create an engaging workplace of team neighbourhoods that are aligned along central collaboration strips on each floor.

    Greenery is extended internally into all areas with planters at the end of each workstation and located throughout the office.

    Carbon neutral materials are selected as intrinsic to the design. The carpets alone contributed to the retirement of 15 metric ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Each neighbourhood has access to phone booths, collaboration tables, hot desks and meeting rooms. The neighbourhoods are broken up so that on quieter days in office there are no expanses of empty desks.

    The global pandemic raged all around this project as it progressed. Working with a client whom we have still not met in person is part of the global change in how we work now. The fundamentals of not being able to engage in person was a significant challenge.

    Through our use of BIM, where we build a 3D model of the fitout from the outset, we were able to make weekly video walk-throughs of the design to show development. This allowed for rapid evaluation by the Corporate Real Estate Team and for them to socialise the design with the end users and gather feedback.

    Design: McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects
    Contractor: Structuretone
    Photography: Donal Murphy