‘The Exo’ will be a 17 storey building with about 224,000 sq ft of office space


The €80 million Nama-funded Exo building [by Shay Cleary Architects,] will be significantly taller than any of the existing docklands offices built in recent years, including the 67m Montevetro building owned by Google on Barrow Street. It will also be almost a third taller than the 1960s Liberty Hall.

The site is one of the few in Dublin where high-rise buildings are permitted, but the Exo is not the tallest building planned for the dockhands.

Directly across the river Kennedy Wilson was last October granted permission for Capital Dock, a combined residential and office development at the corner of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Britain Quay, which will have a 79m-tall apartment block.

Green light for plan to build Dublin’s tallest office block (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

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50 thoughts on “Storey?

    1. Kieran NYC


      There’s a section of the population who believe they’ll be plunged into pitch darkness if anything higher than five floors is built.

      They must think that no one in New York or London has ever seen sunshine.

      1. Parky Mark

        There’s lots of places in London and NY where there’s no sunlight due buildings. It’s kind of crap tbh.

        1. rotide

          Yes there is. Generally these are in business districts where noone actually lives.

          There is also people living in dublin who experience the same thing, I’m one of them and it’s not the end of the world.

    2. Anomanomanom

      The worst thing that could happen would for dublin to turn into a mini Nyc with ridiculously tall buildings.

    3. Cluster

      Tall buildings are to be welcomed but they should be of good design quality.

      This is ugly & lazy.

      The planners should demand better

      1. Kieran NYC

        It does look like it was designed around a maze of regulations regarding angles and shadows cast, etc

        1. Joan Bruton

          Doesnt mean it has to be ugly though.

          Looks like they drew a box for the amount of office space the developer wanted and then hit the automatic render button.

      2. Murtles

        Remember the good old days when the girders used to be inside the building. That looks totally off kilter, sure you could talk that into coming down.

    4. Tish Mahorey

      Something I agree with Editor on. Wow.

      But he just wants a capitalist utopia of people in suits, working at desks making money for someone else.

      I just like the architecture of high rise and making money for myself.

  1. IGotOpinions

    I can’t believe this monstrosity was granted permission. I saw the original drawing and foolishly assumed the planners would refuse something of such poor quality to be bult on this scale. I have no problem with high rise but the design needs to be of exceptional quality. This is not.

    1. Christopher

      Agreed to- horrible buildings like will be fodder for the vested interests who want Dublin to stay lowrise and expensive.
      And on a side note- do we REALLY need another office building in the docks with rents already skyhigh and no increased infrastructure? Why dont nama fund residential highrise development?

      1. Delacaravanio

        It’s a strange place to put it, right at the end of the tram line, and one of the worst served area by buses in the city. I understood that the Connolly and Heuston areas were zoned high rise precisely because they had the capacity for public transport. Getting to this will be a headache.

        More inexcusable “build it and they will come” developments.

  2. martco

    jasus I know its all subjective etc but that’s a rank looking yoke…my 16 y/o is drawing more imaginative stuff

  3. Funster Fionnanánn

    Dublin is beyond help when it comes to its buildings. All over the shop. It might take a few hundred years to clear things up and even then.

  4. Dhaughton99

    I love going to the Odeon cinema at the back of the Point. It’s a huge shopping centre where only the cinema ever opened in it on the top floor.
    Very Chinese ghost town about it.

  5. Conor

    Fupping hell, how did they approve this 1960’s yoke? There has been so many imaginative high rise plans over the years yet this is one of the first proper high rise blocks we get. In a key high profile site that should have a landmark building.
    Once again I despair for this city and am totally bewildered by the people who run it.

  6. Custo

    It looks like a glass version of Hawkins House, the ugliest building in the history of Dublin.

  7. Anne

    This looks grey and bland.. were they aiming for a sort of cold war russian-eque type of look maybe?
    It’s fupping poo.

  8. Owen

    Tall buildings are grand, if they are designed well AND the infrastructure supports them. This will bring a lot of people to a location with already limited access, traffic problems and limited public transport. Id like to see what are the plans to off set that, if any, but the designer. (ie. traffic management plans, road development, pedestrian access routes, public transport options)

    Without a wider development plan for buildings like this to fit into there will inevitable be a failure at some level.

    1. Owen

      I have found there is indeed a “Docklands SDZ Planning Scheme” that this fits into. I will now waste my morning reading that and giving out in my head……

    2. B Bop

      Am all for Dublin to branch up with tall buildings, excellent architecture etc -NOT slap bang on a main route to airport, by a toll bridge, beside a major concert venue, by truck route to docks and on a fecking roundabout.

      1. Pretendgineer

        So, don’t put tall buildings where they should be? ie beside major infrastructure, well served by transport, adjacent to a generous public space and enabling a more comfortable entrance to a major venue (the whole building is raised off the ground according to the planning application.)

  9. Frilly Keane

    What are ye cribbing about

    That plan / design is totally in keeping with Dublin City

    It’ll blend in nicely

  10. Mikeyfex

    It’s typical really, they provide you with all these oddly shaped ones over and over that you’ve to put all over the place when all you want is a nice, straight, tall one to sort out all your problems.

  11. Kolmo

    So many thousands of square meteres of new office space being fired up at impressive speed around the city, really impressive speed, but where are the many hotshots that are going to work in these offices going to live? Are a corresponding number houses going to be lashed up to accommodate the workers?

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