Saturday 24 March 2018

Former EU office building to be ooh-la-la - fitness suite planned in makeover

European House on Dawson Street, Dublin
European House on Dawson Street, Dublin

The Punt

Staff who move into the former European Union House in Dublin are going to have no excuses for not keeping slim and trim.

The building on Dublin's Dawson Street is owned by property investment firm IPUT, which has just asked Dublin City Council for permission to refurbish the building, as the EU staff based there prepare to relocate.

It is not yet known who the next tenants of the building will be.

Proposed plans include a yoga studio in the building, as well as a gym in the building's basement.

The fitness suite will also include showers and a locker room.

It also wants to remove the existing brown brick facade and replace it with "buff brick", which the Punt assumes doesn't mean well-toned, muscular brick. 

They also plan to replace some existing glazing and demolish the set-back fourth and fifth floors and build new set-back fourth and fifth floors finished in frameless glass.

The interior will also get a makeover, with the removal of own-door offices to create open-plan office space on each floor.

There will also be a retail unit/showroom on the ground floor.

So the Punt expects great things from the redesign. 

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