9-12 Dawson Street
7 November 2023
Paschal Mahoney presented a case study of our 9-12 Dawson Street project as part of the Climate-Building-Time session at the Generous Architectures Symposium.
The symposium was convened by Dublin City Council and the UCD School of Architecture, Environmental Policy and Urban Planning, in collaboration with ICOMOS Ireland, to coincide with the publication of More Than Concrete Blocks, Dublin City’s 20th-century Buildings and Their Stories. Volume 3 1973 – 1999 (UCD Press).
The session , chaired by Professor Hugh Campbell , included talks on buildings featuring as case studies in the More Than Concrete Block Series. Looks at themes of challenges in energy and office upgrading, technical conservation innovations, adaptive reuse and sustainable master-planning.
Paschal Mahoney – The New Ireland Assurance Company Building: The challenges of retaining the legibility, historic fabric, while upgrading to modern standards?
Paschal’s talk will describes the various phases of construction of the former New Ireland Assurance Company building; 1930, 1964 and 1971 and how the architects have retained the legibility of these distinct phases in the current phase (which is still under construction but nearing completion). Describing the challenges of the new phase he will show how they have reinstated the main double height entrance lobby which had been infilled over the decades. He will also talk about the challenges of retaining the building fabric and adapting it to meet current building standards.