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. The company’s continued growth in the European market led the company to expand its head office space from the Watermarque Building to the Hanover Quay Warehouse, in the heart of Dublin CIty.
Axiseng led the fit-out and coordination of the mechanical and electrical services design on three levels including full kitchen facilities, open plan office spaces, bike parking, meeting and training rooms, IT facilities and helpdesk, front reception lobby, library, staff areas and garden area collaboration areas.
Unlike the typical high-rise glazed commercial blocks in the docklands area, the Airbnb offices at 8 Hanover Quay was developed within a warehouse, reflecting the heritage and style of the docklands. It is also the first construction in the south docklands since the area was designated as a Strategic Development Zone. The external fabric of the Hanover Quay incorporates existing stone and brick walls which have been repaired in line with the best conservation practice. Inside the retained façade is a modern open-plan office centred around a light-filled atrium running through the centre, pitched roof. The building has exposed steel columns, raised access floors, wooden detailing on the suspended ceilings and metal roof-lights. There is also an enclosed courtyard garden at ground level and a balcony at first-floor level providing views over the Grand Canal Dock area.
Hanover Quay is a vibrant urban quarter with modern office blocks, apartment developments, shops, hotel, bars and restaurants. The area is a great cultural and entertainment location with the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Aviva Stadium and the 3Arena in the neighbourhood.