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21Spaces Works with Local Craftspeople to Breathe New Life into The Alex in Dublin

1950s design cues and the industrial history of a former tramline inspire the transformation of The Alex hotel in Dublin.

Dublin-based interior architectural and design firm 21Spaces has recently transformed one of Dublin’s most established hotels The Alexender into The Alex ? a series of contemporary spaces that reflect the changing pace of life in the Irish capital. “The refurbishment of The Alex could not have been better timed,” says founder and director John Henry Boyle. “The demand on a central location and the demographic shift following the relocation nearby of multi-national companies such as Twitter’s European Headquarters has meant that since the redesign The Alex has become a busy and lively all-day destination.”
The concept for the 105-room hotel draws inspiration from the heritage of the local area, including a tramline that once ran right past the hotel, and local 1950s interiors (the building itself only dates from 1990 despite appearing much older). “We went out and looked at the other buildings in the neighborhood, and there were a lot of midcentury references ? you pick up on them as you wander the streets ? so we combined the industrial story of the tramlines and the design cues in the local architecture,” says project architect Jean Delaney. ” And it’s all custom-made ? we worked with as many local craftsmen as we could to create a unique identity.” Alongside custom-made finishe...
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