- Smyth House extends to nearly 27,000 sq. ft over six storeys and offers retail and coffee shop, fully modernised private offices, customised workspaces and larger floor space for growing teams
- Grafter’s retail offering will have a barista café which will be open to the public as well as Grafter members
- Grafter inviting independent lifestyle brands interested in showcasing their products in the impressively located retail space to get in touch
Grafter, the Irish flexible workspace provider that offers members a dedicated place for work, rest and everything in between, has unveiled Smyth House, a 27,000 sq. ft. premium location in a historic landmark building at 6-7 St. Stephen’s GreenDublin 2.
Established in 2021, Grafter already operates a collection of beautifully restored buildings in the heart of Dublin city (Leeson House, Ely House and Tom’s House) and London (Bedford House). The overall aim of the Grafter proposition is to put ‘life’ back into ‘work’ by providing stylish, luxury, productive and creative workspaces that allow work and life to co-exist in harmony.
Originally the former residence of the Earls of Meath, Smyth House is a significant cultural and historic landmark in Dublin’s city centre. In the late nineteenth century, architect Thomas Drew designed the current Florentine Gothic style building as a home and business for Robert Smyth and Son’s, the famed Dublin wine merchants and grocers. In more recent years, Smyth House has been a well-known retail location, home to both Habitat and Topshop. Now, this prestigious building is offering businesses an opportunity to be part of the next chapter in its truly unique history.
Smyth House introduces Grafter’s first combined retail and café offering, open to the public as well as members. A design-led communal lounge will enable members and passers-by to meet and connect over a cup of barista coffee. Grafter’s café will be managed by recently appointed Head of Hospitality Robert Scanlon.
With 30+ years’ experience in hospitality as a manager, creative director, consultant and restaurant owner, Scanlon has worked with some of Ireland’s best-known and well-loved restaurants and venues such as Residence Private Members Club on St. Stephen’s Green (now The Grayson), Pichet Restaurant and Airfield Estate. In 2015, Robert opened Osteria Lucio Restaurant in partnership with Michelin-Star chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One.
With Grafter’s commitment to community, the firm is also inviting lifestyle brands to showcase and sell their products in the retail space. With a focus on premium Irish-made furnishings, high-quality décor and homeware pieces as well as exquisite gifts, brands looking for a home for their products should send an email to the Grafter team email@example.com to learn more about joining this impressive retail location.
For Grafter members, Smyth House will also offer fully-modernised, beautifully designed office accommodation behind a renowned period facade. With a total of nearly 27,000 sq. ft, Smyth House has been sympathetically renovated to offer a seamless combination of contemporary design and mature architecture that will offer a range of well-proportioned workspaces including private offices for personal use, customised workspaces for start-ups or larger floor space for a growing team.
With connection at the very heart of modern working, Grafter has dedicated 13,000 sq ft of the Smyth House floorplan to communal space including:
- 13,000 sq ft of communal breakout and design-led lounge space
- State-of-the-art meeting rooms
- Phone booths
- Private, bookable phone pods
- Fully-stocked kitchenettes on each floor, with complimentary coffee, tea, wine and beer
- Bookable hot-desks and shared workspace
The individually designed offices and meeting rooms feature state of the art technology such as high-speed fibre connectivity and video conferencing services, as well as Bluetooth controlled sit / stand desks and ergonomic chairs. To ensure Smyth House offers a seamless, plug-in experience, the technology includes:
- Cat 6 cabling throughout
- Acoustic paneling and sound dampening for privacy
- Dedicated and controlled A/C in each private office
- Dedicated comms rooms on each floor
- Fully managed wired and wireless Wi-Fi networks
- Fast, consistent and reliable web browsing on every member device, including video conferencing and VoIP calls
- Two enterprise grade, DIA circuits, including automatic transfer to redundancy line to ensure no lack in connectivity
The building also offers secure bike storage for up to 40 bikes and shower facilitates with towel services and toiletries, facilitating a healthier, more environmentally-friendly commute to work, plus plenty of live greenery to encourage fresh thinking. Members have 24/7/365 access and are supported by a dedicated onsite reception and concierge team.
Emma Kennedy, CEO of Grafter, says:
“We are very excited to add Smyth House to our growing portfolio of properties in Dublin and London. It is such a historic building and we’re extremely proud to have been in a position to refurbish it to such an exceptional standard and breathe new life into this prime location. We are excited to bring this one-of-a-kind retail element to the market. This unique retail space will be a collective to be enjoyed by passersby and members alike – whether they’re looking to enjoy a cup of barista coffee with friends or colleagues, or are searching for that ideal piece to treat themselves or a friend after a business win.
It’s a joy to be creating a portfolio of outstanding, design-led workspaces in vibrant locations that provide everything our members need for a productive, fulfilling and enjoyable day. We have chosen our buildings for their second-to-none locations and mature, period architecture, while inside, you’ll now find a totally transformed and refurbished space, with every amenity for the modern workday. We are also actively looking for new houses in Dublin, around Ireland and across London and I’m really looking forward to seeing Grafter grow over the next few months and years.”
A two-minute walk from Grafton Street, Smyth House boasts one of the best locations in Ireland – with multiple choices for dining, entertainment and shopping on the doorstep. Members can commute in easily by Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART or bike, while Dublin Airport is just 30 minutes away by car or public transport, allowing easy access for business travellers.
Find out more about Grafter here: www.grafterhouse.com
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