ODOS architects were engaged by Rothcoto providetheir new 47,000 sqft of ce in Smith eld, Dublin 7. The brief required separate distinct open plan of ce zones for diverse functions within the company and also included social areas, break-out spaces and an all-hands event space, all located within the ground and rst oors of an existing building.
The brief called for a new visual identity for the company’s work spaces, drawn from both their own background in multimedia and advertising, as well as the raw energy of the space they were to inhabit.
To this end, the material palette was kept raw throughout, with the structural concrete structures left exposed and the oor nish stripped back to the raised steel access oor in the main of ce spaces. This industrial rawness is softened by the juxtaposition of the joinery items and furnishings, which provide visual relief and colour to the composition.
The principal element of the design is the new portal space, which brings visitors from the reception through to a raised platform that overlooks the main ground oor of ce space. This provides a narrative and a theatrical backdrop for visitors as they move from the external world of the street to the internal world of Rothco, drawn from a visual reference to the world of fashion shows. This raised platform then leads to the new feature staircase which doubles as an ‘all-hands space’ for the of ce.
Continuing this narrative, each of the spaces throughout has been given a name which relates to a different part of the company’s history. This idea of spatial storytelling is manifested visually by through the different materials and colours of the individual spaces.
Status : Complete Area : 4,400 sqm. / 47,000 sqft. Design : ODOS architects, 2016 Completion : 2018