Tropical Fruit Warehouse - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

Tropical Fruit Warehouse

Henry J Lyons
Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 11:00 – 12:00 |
  • 12:00 – 13:00 |
  • 13:00 – 14:00 |
  • 14:00 – 15:00
Booked Out
Interior view of restored warehouse gable wall. View from Sir Rogerson Quay. View through of forecourt with restored warehouse to the right.

Booking for this tour opens 10am September 29th.

30-32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, a warehouse building formerly used for tropical fruit imports at Dublin’s quays has been redeveloped by IPUT Real Estate. It has been reinvisioned to suit new purposes and cement its retention for decades to come. The complex riverfront site, at the apex with the Samuel Beckett Bridge, has been reconfigured, extended and adapted to house a 7,454 m2 (80,235 sq ft) office development that includes a six-storey office space overlooking an existing public square.The warehouses have been opened, reorganised, and reconnected around a central circulation core, providing primary structural stability for the new elevated extension above. The extension to the protected structure minimises the impact on the original fabric of the warehouses while respecting the historically significant elements of the original buildings.

Sensitive interventions to the existing warehouse buildings include removal of non-original elements of construction, with new modern insertions that seek to animate the building’s facade. The original roof trusses, dating from the late 19th century, were taken off-site for a complete restoration. Remnants of the Hibernian Marine School (c. 1773) were discovered and a section of historical wall will now form an integral part of the scheme. Two granite carved figureheads remain hanging over the doors of the building. These original granite features; restored trusses; and exposed brick and stone walls will unify the building as an architectural set piece.

This is complemented overhead with a contemporary addition which seeks to create a lightweight, transparent ‘jewel’ floating above and subordinate to the more heavyweight masonry fabric of the warehouse below. The development will feature slab to slab glazing and, in conjunction with efficient floorplates, will allow for natural light to penetrate throughout. A materials palette of glass and aluminium, combined with elegant detailing and proportions have created an overall harmonious


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