Tropical Fruit


30-32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, a warehouse building formerly used for tropical fruit imports at Dublin’s quays is being transformed to suit its new purpose as an 80,000 sq ft waterfront office development that includes a six-storey office space overlooking an existing public square. Henry J Lyons has designed a scheme that sensitively restores the original warehouse building and incorporates the addition of two floating, fully glazed office floors which will cantilever over the protected structure providing panoramic views over the River Liffey. The glass box fabric is a ‘twin-skin’ glazed facade system. The development will feature slab to slab glazing and in conjunction with efficient floorplates that will allow for natural light to penetrate throughout.
“Externally, the glass box facades create the sense of a transparent ‘jewel’ floating above the heavier masonry facades of the historic warehouse below. Internally, the views out of the floors give a sense of floating above the river.” Paul O’Brien, Henry J Lyons Architects.


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The impressive reception, with 7.2m floor to ceiling height, offers high permeability to the office space beyond and a subtle link between the warehouse and modern spaces. The two storey glazed panels create a seamless elevation which has been designed to create a floating, light-filled effect over the original warehouse and river below. A materials palette of glass and aluminium, combined with elegant detailing and proportions have created an overall harmonious facade composition which compliments the historical features of the protected warehouses. At ground floor and first level, the existing building will be transformed into a Cafe and an Artists Studio. Glazing will be added to the side elevation of the renovated low-rise warehouses to open up the interior to the outdoor space.