We our delighted to announce that a new member has joined our design team!
Paul Finnegan, having recently graduated from DIT in 2009, where he received First Class Honors in Interior & Furniture Design, joins the team in the role of Interior Designer. Paul has already proven his talents with design proposals for Waterford Crystal, Lifestyle Sports, O2 Retail and the concept design for Swan Cinemas which opened December 2009.
Paul also won Interior Design Student of the Year 2009 from DIT which was sponsored by ourselves at McCabe Design Partnership.
Liberty Hall, Dublin
Paul’s design thesis proposal was to transform Liberty Hall in Dublin into a five star luxury, design led hotel to be operated with the Morgans Hotel Group – the originators of the “Design Hotel” concept in 1984. By removing the existing interior of the theatre within Liberty Hall, Paul has created a dramatic new entrance to the building.
The existing pre-stressed roof structure has been retained and sprayed white. Five 10m high illuminated glass columns divide the lobby in two with the Lite Bar, the Nite Bar and the Restaurant stacked on one side of this enormous hall. The lobby also features a glass floor with swimming pool below.
Lite Bar features a 20m long bar and has custom designed modular furniture system on tracks that can be arranged to suit the mood whilst catering for large and small groups. The system includes two seats, a low table, glazed panels and light fittings. The seating is designed to promote interaction between the hotel guests.
Nite Bar has a duel personality. During the day, it serves as a conference facility/function room for the hotel. As night time approaches, the edges of the room’s profiles gently illuminate as it transforms into a trendy cocktail bar. The colour of the light changes smoothly through the spectrum or can be set to one colour, depending on the desired ambience.
The Restaurant is elevated on the top of the stack, giving the patrons an elevated view of the lobby. A dramatic atmosphere is achieved by the use of lighting and the contrast between the new installations and the existing roof structure.
The core concept of the entire project is “Interaction” – Interaction of Shape & Form, Interaction of Spaces/Activities within a Space, Interaction of the independently run enterprises which share the site (Gym, Hotel & Cafe), and finally, the Interaction of people within these spaces.
The bedroom suites occupy the majority of the tower and take advantage of the breath-taking view over the capital. The bed itself seems to float above a luxurious yellow carpet. The window sills have been deepened to provide informal seating (there is enough clearance for one to stand/walk too). The console table has been ‘stuck’ into the sill at an angle – it can be used from both sides, using the window to rest your back.
In the basement, there is a private member lifestyle gym, featuring a top of the range spa experience. Hotel guests will also have direct access to these facilities. the 2 lane, 25m pool is located directly below the glazed floor in the lobby – whilst the glass is not directly see through, the light and shadows cast create an atmosphere unique to the project.
Check out www.paulfinnegan.com for further projects and information.