Airbnb hopes for luck of the Irish with pub-like
Dublin offices by Heneghan Peng

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Home rental website Airbnb has opened an office in Dublin with a reception area modelled on an Irish pub designed by local architects Heneghan Peng (+ slideshow).

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Heneghan Peng were given a brief by Airbnb to create a series of open and collaborative workspaces similar to the company's San Francisco headquarters.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

The architects designed a horseshoe-shaped bar in dark wood to mimic the interior of traditional pubs found across the city.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

The bar is complete with bottles around the top, candelabras at both ends and a suit of armour that is posed to be having a drink between the stools.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Tables and chairs in the adjacent presentation space are also modelled on typical pub furniture, and the ceiling and flooring echo the decor of drinking venues from different eras.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Continuing the local theme, a pair of green and beige Irish telephone boxes form booths for private phone calls.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Heneghan Peng also included the 12-metre-long bench it designed for Ireland's Venice Biennale pavilion in 2012, which dips and rises as users sit on different sections.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Throughout the office are a series of meeting pods made from oriented strand board, with interiors designed to look like apartments listed on Airbnb from cities across the world.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

These rooms are glazed on opposite walls and the name of the city that the design is based upon is written on the side.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Some have seating set into the outside walls for employees to sit and chat in, designed to look like different spaces from the same apartment.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Other larger pods are hinged at the centre so they can be rolled apart to split them into two meeting rooms.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Giant wooden steps are scattered with cushions to create an informal meeting area or workspace.

Airbnb office in Dublin resembles an Irish pub

Photography is by Ed Reeve.

  • Z-dog

    No offence to Heneghan Peng but they surely know this is nothing like an Irish pub:

    - Little windows / glazed screens
    - Dark lighting
    - Warm, rich materials – i.e. stained woods
    - Snugs
    - terrible toilets

    This is more like a ‘pop-up’ type pub with loads of plywood. Quite eclectic design and it will probably work. It’s just not a pub.