Bloomfield House - Boys And Girls

Marc Kilkenny-Architects, Dublin , 2015


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  • Landscape stair, slide and hidden meeting room    
  • Slide    
  • Gym Hall - creative and studio space    
  • View down slide and stair    
  • Meeting Room 03 - Ping Pong (bespoke table and ceiling with 11,000 balls)    
  • Upper level breakout booths    
  • One of the gym Hall break out booths    
  • Reception area with MK-A re-engineered ballon desk (original design by others)    
  • Concrete Coping stones make a statement of intent (by MK-A and Yann Antonnuci)    
  • kitchen    
  • Concrete Boardroom Table - (MK-A and Joachim King)    
  • Concrete Table Detail (by MK-A and Joachim King)    
  • Anamorphic Sign Comp (by MK-A)    
  • Gym Hall     
  • Mezzanine Booth    
  • Ground Floor Plan    
  • Upper Floor Plan (right side in separate occupation)    
  • Cross Section through former Gym Hall    
  • Long Section through former Gym Hall    
  • Axonometric    
  • Existing Photos    
  • Competition sketch for landscape stair    
  • Competition visualisation of former gym hall    
  • Sketchbook development of concrete meeting room table    
  • Sketchbook development of booths    
  • Gym hoop light sketches    
  • Gym Hoop Light Prototypes    
  • Detailed Section through mezzanine edge    
  • Entrance tiled step layout    
  • Concrete coping stones    
  • Table tennis ball ceiling    

Refurbishment of late 19th/early 20th century school building into a workplace incorporating open plan offices, breakout spaces and themed meeting rooms.

A simple brief from advertising agency Boys & Girls requested a creative and collaborative work environment, which was to be “fun and playful, but not juvenile or childish.”

The building, originally a primary school, but converted into office spaces in the 1980s was stripped back, following which we undertook a small number of key spatial moves designed to celebrate the history of the building’s original fabric and function.

We designed and commissioned a diverse range of works including a concrete boardroom table, ping-pong table and ceiling, handmade work furniture, illuminated concrete coping stones and light fittings. We even re-engineered a balloon sculpture and built an anamorphic installation.

Alongside individual workspaces, a variety of breakout spaces for staff and themed meeting rooms (concrete, lego, ping-pong) facilitate the serious business of presentation in light-hearted surroundings. The result is a stimulating and productive work environment that blends playful creativity with restrained elegance.


  • Begun: Oct 2014
  • Completed: Feb 2015
  • Floor area: 686m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £232,000
  • Funding: Private Client
  • Tender date: Sep 2014
  • Address: Bloomfield House, Bloomfield Avenue , Portobello, Dublin , D8, Ireland

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