Breathing life and light into The Chocolate Factory
The brief was to transform an historic Dublin building into a hybrid, multi-disciplinary working space in a post covid world.
My Concept, which is ‘Darkness into Light’ is a reaction to the dark space which is the Chocolate Factory; and the fact that poor lighting is detrimental to employee wellbeing, and productivity.
My proposed design introduces two natural light sources including a glass roofed central atrium and a lightwell. I drew inspiration from biophilic and human centric design by including extensive planting and incorporating relaxation and downtime areas. I provided multiple types of office settings including open plan, collaborative spaces, a games room, a wellness centre, rooftop picnic dining, and a café.
I was mindful of acoustics, sustainability, and aesthetics when selecting materials. Those choices support my concept through the contrast of light vs dark. While space planning a core focus was to maximise employee’s access and proximity to natural light.