The Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) is the representative body of banking and payments in Ireland. It represents over 70 domestic and international member institutions. MOLA Architecture developed a workplace strategy, before embarking on a fit-out design for the move of its head office to a prestigious new address at 1 Molesworth Street in Dublin 2. An ambitious project programme necessitated completion of the design, tender and construction works in a very condensed period. This was achieved between July and November 2018.

The design concept looked to the traditional Japanese paper folding technique of ‘origami’ as a source of inspiration. Modular opening and folding elements enable the front of house areas to adopt various formats, accommodating multiple functions. The brief required the provision of a range of meeting spaces for the use of BPFI’s membership. These include an “all hands” or forum type space suitable for hosting events from board meetings to larger scale conferences. The space can also be subdivided through the use of innovative partition systems and furniture elements into smaller meeting and breakout spaces. This flexible focal space is augmented by more conventional smaller meeting rooms and suites, informal breakout spaces and generous open plan areas which function as shared workspaces for members.

The Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland
Floor Area: 743 sqm
Commencement: July 2018
Completion: November 2018



Client: Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI)
Architects: MOLA Architecture
Project Manager: KMCS
Quantity Surveyor: KMCS
M&E Consultant: Ethos Engineering
Fire Consultants: Maurice Johnson & Partners
Acoustic Consultants: AWN
Main Contractor: T&I Limited