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Publicly Accessible Buildings

Dublin landmark given a modern makeover

“Interesting and successful project, which combines re-use and accessibility to the public in a sensual and iconic design,” Dan Budik, Judge

Project: Central Plaza

Award: Publicly Accessible Buildings, Bronze, 2023

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Architect: Henry J Lyons

Client: Peterson Group/Hines

Central Plaza is the regeneration of the former Central Bank building in the heart of Dublin. It invites the public to engage with the buildings from plaza to roof level; retaining the high quality and unique aspects of the original design while simultaneously modernising it for a new generation. The mixed-use complex comprises office, retail and dining as well as a generous public plaza over two levels. A public walkway at roof level offers 360-degree views of the city.
Despite the challenges presented by the unusual nature of the tower structure, a twin core suspended building, it was decided to retain and refurbish to preserve this Dublin landmark and reduce environmental impact. The vision for Central Plaza was to embrace the architectural strength and presence of the original buildings, while redefining the interface between the inherited fabric, the public realm and the wider city.

Design highlights

A new restaurant and café precinct activates the plaza level, while office workers inhabit the newly restored office floors of the tower, capped with an innovative fully glazed rooftop restaurant and walkway.


Photo credit: Ste Murray, Donal Murphy

  • LEAD ARCHITECT: Finghín Curraoin
    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM: Brendan Ward, John O'Meara, Olivia Rusk, Adam Rachwal, Neal Thomson, Campbell Adamson, Derek Casserly, Breffni Greene, Oisin O'Dwyer

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