With elevated views over Dublin’s new civic square, the Gibson Hotel opens as part of Scott Tallon Walker’s Docklands regeneration scheme
The scheme is designed around a major new civic space, Point Square, which is bounded by the shopping and leisure complex, the O2, and a proposed landmark 130 m-high tower.
The site is on a public transport hub and is served by a river ferry, quality bus corridor and tram system. The District Centre elevation is composed to address, in scale and geometry, the 19th-century listed building façade of the O2 Theatre across the square. The hotel atrium, a dramatic, double-curved structure of glue-laminated ribs and glass, is flanked by external panoramic lifts that bring guests to the public areas of the hotel and forms a memorable entrance to the pedestrian plaza.
The visitor is brought up to reception level via a series of escalators or a pair of panoramic glazed lifts. The resident’s bar sits within the atrium space at third floor level and takes advantage of the views south across the square and west towards the city.
A concourse runs the width of the fully glazed South façade and links the restaurant and bar. A shaded terrace with views over the Point Square will be a unique experience both day and night. The bar and restaurant are arranged around a garden, offering a more intimate experience in contrast to the urban nature of the square.
Similarly, the guest bedrooms offer two different experiences; either opening onto a series of three heavily landscaped courtyard gardens or facing the pedestrian street to the west with spectacular views over the square and the city to the west.
Works of art, from predominantly Ireland-based artists, were selected for all areas of the hotel. Site-specific works were commissioned for key public areas such as the John Graham-designed tapestry in the reception foyer.