ESB Headquarters Fitzwilliam Street - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

ESB Headquarters Fitzwilliam Street

Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects
8 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 12pm – 1pm
Booked Out

Awarded first prize in an international competition in 2011, Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects’ design for a new Headquarters for the ESB is sited on Fitzwilliam Street Lower in the first block to the south of Merrion Square. Located here since 1927, the ESB wanted to remain on Fitzwilliam St, a prominent Georgian Streetscape in the middle of Dublin’s historic Georgian core. The ESB occupied an entire city block in a mixture of protected 18th Century buildings and a collection of 20th Century additions. The new project involves a site-responsive set of buildings along Fitzwilliam Street Lower, engaging the Georgian buildings’ typical characteristics, with the intention to ‘reinstate the unconscious rhythm of the Georgian street’ that had been lost in the 1960s.
The site is made permeable by the inclusion of a pedestrian route through the centre of the site from Lower Fitzwilliam Street to James’ Street East, connecting to a new public plaza at the south west corner of the site on James Street East.


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