Penrose Dock


JCD Group


Completed 2020


24,000 sq.m.


Building of the Year 2021

Project details:

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“In our minds, this is a next generation, best in class office development capable of attracting the best people for the best tenants who will enjoy it both from the outside looking in, and especially from the inside looking out.”

Frank O’ Mahony
Wilson Architecture

Wilson Architecture were appointed to provide a full range of Architectural Services based on the RIAI Standard Scope of Services from conception to completion for the 32,500 sq.m. office complex. Our scope also included the Interior Design of the public areas and bespoke office fit-outs. The project comprises two separate blocks, Penrose One and Penrose Two, seven and ten storeys high respectively, along with the refurbishment of Penrose House, an existing protected structure on the site. The project includes a café at the plaza level, and two levels of basement car parking. The simple building forms and facade treatment are based on classical proportions, the portico and pilasters on the adjacent listed Cork Steam Packet Building providing the inspiration for this design approach. The development embraces its historical urban quayside setting and features a considered design that not only contributes to the architectural quality of its immediate built environment, but also to the wider city centre experience.

The development was fast-tracked through all stages of the project schedule, with Practical Completion achieved less than 30 months after Concept Design stage.  The development has achieved Gold LEED Certification.

In 2022 Penrose Dock received the International Architecture Award in the Category of “Corporate Office Buildings”, the only building in Ireland to receive one that year. The awards were hosted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Wilson Architecture also won the top award in 2 categories in Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2021 with Penrose Dock. The first category is for Building of the Year – Large Office and the second is for Building of the Year which was the top award up against all the other winning categories.

Photographs: f22 Photography