Karen Bell

The Carlton Rooms


In an area earmarked for significant regeneration, the Carlton building offered an ideal opportunity to re-imagine the interior space as a high-end hybrid hospitality, retail and entertainment offering. The smoke and shadows of Film Noir and the building's Art Deco lineage informed the design concept of this former cinema. Simultaneously nebulous and highly structured, smoke in its myriad permutations is referenced in the voided spaces, the circulation areas and in the fixtures and fittings. The remodelled Carlton Rooms now offer a fine food outlet combined with café, a fine dining restaurant, as well as a venue space and rooftop cocktail bar and terrace creating a go-to hub on the premier street in Dublin.