The Guinness Gravity Bar
Location: Co. Dublin, Ireland
Architect: RKD Architects
Gravity Bar, has become one of the world’s most iconic viewing decks, hosting high profile guests from across the globe, with everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise and Kylie Minogue visiting, and more recently the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Fifty panes of glass were used to create the panoramic view over the Dublin cityscape that has become the jewel in the crown of the Home of Guinness. Developed over three years, with over 175,000 man hours and almost €20 million investment, Gravity Bar has now more than doubled in size, offering visitors extended panoramic views which now include historic Phoenix Park and new vistas over Dublin Mountains. The footprint of Gravity Bar is constructed as a figure of eight, a structure famously designed by RKD Architects to look like the head of a pint of Guinness. “We have worked on a design solution that reinvigorates the building, highlighting the contrast between old and new and, with the dizzying height of the atrium and the enhanced Gravity Bar always gives a great Wow Factor to all of its visitors .” said David Browne, senior partner at RKD.
19mm Low Iron Annealed – 1.5mm PVB – 15mm Low Iron Annealed
The new bar space will function like the old, capping off Storehouse tours, and 50 panes of floor-to-ceiling glass are inlaid with inscriptions picking out highlights from the city skyline. Enjoy a perfectly poured, perfectly chilled pint of Guinness or try a new experimental brew from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery while taking in panoramic views of Dublin. "It's like a dream come true," says Paul Carty, the Guinness Storehouse Managing Director. Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one tourist attraction and one of the most visited in Europe, with approximately 1.7 million visitors per year. Project work was carried out with the building remaining operational throughout, the new bar is supported on four steel columns that connect through the roof to the strengthened historic structure below.
2020 BCSA Structural Steel Design Awards: Merit