Designed by the Cundall Dublin team with Studio Ben Allen, this office is a symbol of commitment to healthy and sustainable design in every aspect of the business.
Cundall provided multi-disciplinary services on the site which overlooks the historic St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city centre. The new office provides room for the team to grow, with the benefits of being in a centralised location and near public transport. It also provides clients, fellow professionals and staff with easy accessibility.
The brief we set ourselves was to consider health and wellbeing as well as creating a space that aligned with the business’s net zero carbon commitment. Being both the occupier and the designer put Cundall in a unique position. This way the team was able to embrace the principles of the WELL Building Standard and was designed to be net zero carbon enabled.
In the process Cundall exposed the M&E services and structural elements in many areas of the office. It provided a storyboard for engineering design and gave the graduate engineers an opportunity to see the application of their designs.
Lighting is a key aspect of the indoor environment and the link between light and health has become more well known over recent years. As designers Cundall has realised that they can improve the quality of a space in a way that will enhance a person’s wellbeing. The solution is circadian lighting which is based around following the colour shift and intensity of natural light using electric light. .
Studio Ben Allen also worked closely with our structural and fire engineers to create exposed natural timber and steel design features which not only provide structural support but striking visual engineering pieces throughout the office.
Another key aspect for team welfare includes the provision of 100% recycled office furniture with sit/stand desks for all staff. The design also integrates the planting with the structural aspects of the space where it helps create areas of refuge and gives identity to the spaces. Biophilic design was a key feature with a diversity of planting expanded into the Townhall area.
Cundall’s in-house acousticians worked closely with the architect to select appropriate sound absorbing materials in our Townhall space which will allow staff to congregate in the area while causing minimal disturbance to the main open plan work areas.
The team also drew on the experience of colleagues who have fitted out Cundall offices in other parts of the world. They were happy to share the results of their design so the Dublin office could achieve the goals in making this a fantastic workplace for our staff.