A view of the riverscape. The new Price Waterhouse Coopers headquarters in Dublin.
The project for the new headquarters of Price Waterhouse Coopers, a major auditing and corporate accounting firm, involved linking three buildings in the Spencer Docks area in Dublin to create high quality office space for around 2,500 staff.
The design of the interior, which is characterised by strong colours and contrasting lighting, is intended to create a welcoming environment characterised by the view of the nearby river. A full-height atrium links the entire project and allows light to penetrate to the innermost areas.
The solutions adopted for the internal partitioning created a continuous perimeter of alternately curvilinear and straight double-glazed walls from the P700 series separating the offices from the meeting rooms. In some points of the building the P700 walls were combined with the single-glazed P600 walls to create small meeting areas for cosy bright informal gatherings.
Privacy in the offices and meeting areas is guaranteed by personalised graphics on the walls. The meeting rooms have partitions from the P600 Extra Dry series designed to reduce sealing profiles (both top and bottom) to a minimum. The silk-screened designs screen the occupants as well as creating a dynamic look.
High voltage offices.
While offices and meeting rooms are screened by walls with silk-screened designs, executive offices are equipped with smart glass which changes to transparent from opaque at the press of a button. This hi-tech solution is based on electrochromic technology activated by electricity, in this case high voltage due to the large surface of glass involved.