Elizabeth O’Farrell House, Dublin 1

The retrofit and refurbishment of this Government Department office, built just after the second world war, was undertaken incrementally; firstly, a new precast lift and stair well were inserted to allow full accessibility to the public. Office spaces were then retrofitted including internal timber sliding sash windows, to improve thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Finally, the facades were cleaned and repaired as necessary – particularly the external exposed concrete frame, where reinforcement corrosion was treated.

North Cumberland Street, interior timber facade behind existing aluminium sashes, repaired concrete


Elevation Drawings

Precast stairs, terrazzo inset to treads, brass handrail

Double facade, timber sliding sashes with planting space between old and new

Original parquet flooring restored within new office spaces

Restored facade and new timber sash glazing – details

Entrance to new stairwell in foreground

North Cumberland Street, doves mounted to refurbished facade panels