Located in the heart of Dublin City at the Watermarque Building in Ringsend, Airbnb provides an online platform for people looking to list, find and rent lodging where accommodations may be scarce. Since its launch in 2008, the multibillion dollar US based company has made its presence in listings in over 34,000 cities and 190 countries in the world. Its expansion into the European market led the company to base its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Ireland in September 2013.
Phase 1 of the project consisted of the Cat B fit-out of 1,000m2 of lower ground floor office space. The refurbishment included the removal of the existing ceiling to expose the mechanical and electrical services and the modification of the existing systems to facilitate the inclusion of meeting rooms and canteen areas.
A new exclusive ground floor entrance for Airbnb was created and security and access control systems were provided to the space. The second phase of the project consisted of the CAT B fit-out of 1,100m2 as short term additional accommodation over a short programme.
Axiseng designed the lighting throughout the space to match the industrial style of the exposed containment and ducting systems, which provided a visual interest in terms of its aesthetical features and functionality.
The ground floor space consisted of a large open plan area with a series of meeting pods dotted around the floor. The interior of each meeting pod was designed to look like different apartment styles listed on Airbnb, which reflected the various styles and diversity of their clientele from different cities across the globe.