Fast-growing biopharmaceutical company, Horizon Therapeutics, has officially opened its new, 63,000sf headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. The up-and-coming firm, focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing medicines that address critical needs for people impacted by rare diseases, has experienced explosive growth over the last 10 years. After working together on two smaller projects, Horizon chose Structure Tone Dublin to deliver their flagship office in just six months.
Adjacent to Saint Stephen’s Green—a 22-acre public park filled with Victorian walkways and gardens—Horizon’s new space sits in Dublin’s vibrant City Centre. On top of the new office’s prime location, the Horizon team envisioned an open, collaborative workspace for current employees with more than enough room to accommodate future growth.
The project involved transforming a new, eight-floor building into Horizon’s dream workplace. The top floor houses the executive suites, including executives’ offices, boardrooms, meeting rooms, and a catering facility for high-profile meetings. Floors 1-4 consist of open floorplan office space, complete with collaborative areas, breakout and huddle rooms, and a handful of private offices. Half of the first floor is dedicated to a client experience suite and the ground floor contains several special amenities, including an event space, gaming area, coffee docks, auditorium, library, and fitness center.
Although Horizon chose a brand-new building to call home, the focal points of the headquarters are two interconnecting staircases—one from the ground level to the fifth floor and another feature, a spiral stair from the ground floor to a first-floor bleacher area. Both staircases required significant structural intervention during construction and plenty of coordination between Structure Tone and the structural engineers, design team, and landlord.
The building features cross-tension slabs, meaning the concrete structure is reinforced by steel bars that are pulled across the floorplate to create tension within the slab. To install the spiral stair and double-height bleacher, the construction team had to cut out a substantial portion of the first-floor slab.
The team also cut openings in five floors to drop the larger, five-floor connecting staircase through the center of the structure and installed new mechanical and electrical systems throughout.
Understanding the Horizon team had a clear vision, Structure Tone wanted to deliver exactly what the client had in mind.