Felim Dunne – Has been selected by the Maritime Institute of Ireland to Project Manage the reopening of the National Maritime Museum which is housed in Mariners’ church.

Felim Dunne graduated from UCD School of Architecture in 1983 and worked in the London offices of Sir James Stirling from 1984 to 1989. At that time, Stirling Wilford was a very busy practice. Stirling was the first of the new breed of ‘star architects’ with prestigious projects across the globe. These projects were all masterminded from Stirling’s office in London and Felim Dunne played a key role in the delivery of many of the most significant projects including the New Science Library at the University of California, Irvine (near Los Angeles), the Abando Passenger Interchange in Bilbao, Spain and the State Theatre & Music Academy in Stuttgart, Germany.

On returning to Dublin in 1990, Felim Dunne established private practice delivering a comprehensive consultancy service for the design and delivery of building projects. Practice expertise includes architecture, project management, interior design, masterplanning, product design and graphics. The practice has provided design and project management services on a broad range of projects and project types in the years since 1990 including Designyard, the applied arts centre in Temple Bar, Newbury Wood affordable housing for Dublin City Council and the prize-winning u2 Tower in Dublin’s docklands.

The driving focus of the practice is design excellence achieved through close collaboration with clients, consultants and specialists. Our experience covers a wide range of building types including office developments, community buildings, residential developments including private and public housing, one-off bespoke houses, mixed-use urban renewal projects, industrial buildings and business parks, shopping centres, sporting facilities, retail, educational and childcare facilities. We have established a reputation both for the quality of our design work and the efficiency of our management of complex building projects.

Our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction is reflected in the large quantity of repeat business secured.

The ethos of the practice is reflected in the open plan layout of our offices at Grand Canal Wharf. Here directors, associates and all staff share identical desks in a bright, contemporary, open plan workspace. Teamwork at all levels of the design and construction process remains our guiding principle. The technical infrastructure at our Grand Canal Wharf office underpins the core work of the practice. Our extensive up-to-the-moment technical, architectural and graphic databanks and architecture are fully integrated with our IT systems and are subject to continuous development. We actively pursue new technologies to ensure our effectiveness in project design and delivery and to make communication with our clients more rapid and effective. Research into new and emerging technologies is an integral part of our work. The directors, associates and staff pursue a thorough and innovative approach to planning and design. Each project is treated as an on-going dialogue with the client where alternatives are presented and evaluated on the basis of maximum benefit.


Selection of projects: 2003 to present Burdon Craig Dunne Henry Architects & Urban Planners

Primary Care Centre – Drogheda is a well considered modern development carefully attached to a street front of protected structures located in the historic core of Drogheda. The design proposes the refurbishment of two streetfront historic buildings reformatted as retail arcades connecting seamlessly to the HSE supported Primary Care Centre within. The proposal has received the support of An Taisce, the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce and many others as a much needed shot-in-the-arm for West Street, the principal shopping street of Drogheda. Construction work is expected to commence in June 2010.

Great Northern Railway the practice was commissioned by FLI International to oversee the transformation of the former Great Northern Railway yard and workshops in Dundalk into a new residential and commercial hub. The existing site is dominated by two Victorian workshops, both protected structures, once part of the old railway yards. The protected structures are to be retained in their entirety as large commercial exhibition halls with the old brick walls and arches to dominate any proposed insertions. The new structural system is to be independent of the existing structure with fully glazed infill to the brick arches. In the north east corner of the site where the Dublin-Belfast railway line meets the Ardee Road, a two storey car park is proposed with an eight storey commercial development overhead. The practice has negotiated a revision of the development plan with Dundalk Town Council, the practice is in negotiation with the Heritage Council and the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government to agree an appropriate conservation regime for the protected structures. A full planning application will be lodged late in 2010.


Green 19 Our client, Modern Green, redeveloped a dilapidated 19 Camden Street as an exciting venue to showcase emerging artistic Irish talent in a vibrant café atmosphere with management offices on upper floors. The mid-terrace four storey building was completed refurbished to include a new catering kitchen, a restaurant/café over two floors with an external first floor terrace overlooking the bustling activity on Camden Street. The project was successfully completed and opened in 2009 to wide acclaim.


Newbury Wood affordable housing for Dublin City Council. This inventive design solution on a problematic site provided a total of 59 houses completed in 2009. The development required resolution of  a particularly high number of site constraints including buried high voltage electrical cables, and associated rights of way, diversion of large scale surface water and foul drainage, as well as realignment of boundaries along the southern portion of the site. Three specific house types were developed to offer a varied streetscape and provide for differing levels of accommodation requirements all enjoying good southerly aspect.

Ringsend & Poolbeg Masterplan for Clanna Gael Fontenoy Gaelic Athletic Club. The practice was closely involved in the preparation of an urban design proposal in collaboration Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAC, Dublin City Council and Dublin Docklands Development Authority to develop Sean Moore Park as an important multi-sport recreation space at the heart of the Poolbeg peninsula. As part of this project, the practice also project managed the refurbishment of the existing clubhouse facilities Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAC which were completed early in 2010.

East End Hotel Portarlington This project sets out to sensitively refurbish the existing hotel, remove the poor quality modern extensions and build a sympathetic contemporary extension to the rear.  The new extension will be situated to the rear of the existing hotel, largely in-line with the footprint of the Georgian-era house to the east and stepping out towards the boundary to the west.  The proposed extension is to be 4 stories with two floors of bedrooms over function rooms.  To ensure that the proposed extension does not dominate the existing protected structure, we propose to set the extension back from the house by approximately 6 meters and separate the two with a full height glazed link.  This glazed link will ensure that it is possible to see the full extent of the original Georgian house from all sides.  It will also ensure that the distinction between the new and the old is clearly defined with the Georgian house retaining its prominence to the Main Street and the extension housing the function rooms and bedrooms being located to the rear.

New Offices for Revenue Fit-out of existing 6500 square metres of office shell and core on behalf of the Office of Public Works comprising the creation of cellular offices and open plan office areas over 6 floors to accommodate 420 workstations. A relatively small reception area is established at ground floor level incorporating a narrow double height volume adjacent to the front wall.  A single height self-catering canteen for 150 persons is created at first floor level.

U2 Tower, the practice won an international competition, selected from over 600 entries, to design this 130 metre tall tower at the water’s edge in Dublin’s docklands. The design presented as a unique twisting, fully glazed, tower at the confluence of the Rivers Liffey and Dodder and set unprecedented challenges in terms of an architectural response to the technical difficulties arising from its dynamic shape. The project is currently at tender stage.

Special Olympics Exhibition Facility at Stewarts Hospital A new integrated visitor facility and exhibition space adjacent to the sports facility at Stewarts Hospital as a permanent exhibition and celebration of Ireland’s unique hosting of the Special Olympics summer games. The proposal includes a large exhibition space, shop and cafe connected to a new river-side park in collaboration with South Dublin County Council. Construction work is expected to commence in June 2010.

Selection of projects: 1998 to 2003 Burdon & Dunne Architects

The Grange – Foxrock Complete stripping down to original structure and refurbishment of substantial 18th Century house in County Dublin, a protected structure, for a private client.  Incorporation of historical and new accretions into a cohesive whole structure including modified landscaping and entrances.

Theatre & Film School – University College Dublin Invited Competition submission for a new new theatre & film school to be located on the Belfield Campus.

Expo 2000 – Irish Pavilion Entry as part of the Irish Design Partnership into a shortlist of 6 proposals for the design & construction of a demountable pavilion to represent the Irish state at the international Expo in Hanover, Germany in 2000.

Tropical Fruit Company – Dublin The redevelopment of this protected structure envisages the careful integration of new and old. The front portion of the building is carefully conserved where new elements counterbalance with old. A new entrance loggia enlivens the historic street frontage. From the loggia a top lit route leads to a new atrium, the interface of new and old. To the south, a residential courtyard, accessed via the atrium, is created. The layered facades of the apartments present a dynamic and ever-changing face to the residential courtyard.

Selection of projects: 1990 to 1997 Felim Dunne Architects & Associates

Tropical Fruit Building – Dublin The reconstruction of the Tropical fruit Building on Sir John Rogersons Quay in Dublin is widely acclaimed as a quintessential piece of urban orthodontics, new uses inserted into existing structures.  This work was carried out in association with BYB Architects and was the recipient of an Award for excellence from the  Architectural Association of Ireland, a Regional Award from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and was short listed for the prestigious Europa Nostra Award, an annual award promoted by the Commission of the European Union.

Designyard – Temple Bar – Dublin Commissioned by Temple Bar Properties as part of its Cultural Programme, this reconstruction of a centre city warehouse to accommodate the National Centre for the Applied Arts was carried out in association with RKD Architects. The completed project was the recipient of an award for excellence from the Architectural Association of Ireland, a Regional Award from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, a Street Architecture Award from an Taisce and was short listed for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe International Award for Architecture promoted by the Centre for European Architecture.

U2 Studio – Dublin Reconstruction of existing industrial warehouse to accommodate new rehearsal and recording facilities including fully flexible Recording Room and Control Room.

Selection of projects: 1984 to 1989 Offices of the late Sir James Stirling, London, UK.

New Science Library at the University of California, Irvine near Los Angeles USA. The new library sits astride a radial Mall emanating from the hub of the Campus.  The Reading Rooms are organised on six levels in a doughnut creating a circular public space inspired by the traditional university quadrangle, the book stacks are accommodated in the wings.  The library was completed in 1992 at a value of $22M.

Abando Passenger Interchange in Bilbao, Spain.  This project was intended to integrate the city’s transport services into a single interchange, local and national train services connect into the metro system and link with new suburban and national bus stations, five transport service in one hub. The project was abandoned prior to construction.

Music School and Theatre Academy Stuttgart Germany adjacent to the New State Gallery also by SWA. The new buildings and gardens complete the urban master plan earlier proposed by Jim Stirling for Konrad Adenaur Strasse. Where the State Gallery is about blank walls, this building is all about windows randomly positioned according to room sizes behind with a stone grid superimposed to establish an order. The Theatre Academy was completed in 1994 and the State Music School in 1999.


Recent awards and commendations include:

2009        LAMA (Local Authority Managers Association) design award for Newbury Wood affordable housing

2008        Invited competition for 2009 Pavilion at Kinsale Arts Week. Winner

2007        Invited competition for the design and construction of the new Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre. Winner

2007        Limited competition for the masterplanning of 500 residential units and 45,000 square metres of commercial development  at Belcamp for Dublin City Council. Winner.

2007        Developer-led competition for the design and construction of 120 new dwellings at Newbury Wood for Dublin City Council. Winner.

2007        Open competition for the masterplanning and design of new sports facilities for Wicklow town Council at Brides Head Lands. Winner.

2006        Invited competition for landmark development in Drogheda. Winner

2006        Invited participant VIA Paris international exhibition of Irish design sponsored by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

2005        Invited design competition for Fokker Business Park near Amsterdam, Holland, in association with Diarmuid Gavin. Premiated.

2004        International Open Design Competition for   Irish World Performing Arts Village at University of Limerick. Short listed to Second Stage. Premiated.

2004        International Open Tender for Iarnrod Eireann – Template Station Design. Winner

2004        RIAI Irish Architecture Award for Private house at Rathmines, Dublin.

2003        International Open Design Competition for a Landmark Tower for the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. Winner

2003        RIAI Irish Architecture Award for Private house at Rathmichael, County Dublin.

2000        Invited Competition for design of the Centre for Film and Drama at University College Dublin. Premiated.

1999        Invited Competition for design of the Irish Pavilion at Expo 2000. Premiated.

1996 An Taisce Annual Award for Designyard in Temple Bar, Dublin.

1996 Mies van der Rohe International Award for Architecture. Designyard in Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland nominee. Commendation.

1995        RIAI Regional Award for Designyard in Temple Bar, Dublin

1995        AAI Award for Designyard in Temple Bar, Dublin.

1992        Europa Nostra Awards. Reconstruction of the Tropical fruit Company, Ireland nominee. Commendation.

1991        RIAI Regional  Award for the Reconstruction of the Tropical fruit Company

1991        AAI Award for the Reconstruction of the Tropical Fruit Company