Constructed in 1910, No. 72 Grafton street has been at the centre of the busiest shopping district in the country for over 100 years. Originally designed as a cinema, the building boasts an ornate, vaulted ceiling over its main retail space and a detailed Edwardian sandstone facade to Grafton St. Unfortunately, owing to several alterations and additions over the years, the quality of the internal space has deteriorated and the ornate ceiling has remained hidden from view.
In reimagining and modernising the buildings retail space, Henry J Lyons rationalised the various floorplates to create a strong visual link between pedestrians and the vaulted ceiling. This not only creates more potential display area for the retailer, but also provides a strong architectural point of interest to attract shoppers. Working closely with conservation architects and Dublin City planners the result is sensitive and considered and maximises potential retail area while enhancing the rich architectural character of Grafton St. The result is a design that revives this historic building, while providing a modern, flexible retail space.