ODOS Architects is Drury Street’s hidden gem. The building itself is tucked away behind a simple metal door in the heart of the Creative Quarter – but when you take a look inside, you find an unexpected surprise. The modern interior is like a breath of fresh air, and the studio itself is full of character, with stencil marks still visible from their former residents – The Exchequer Hotel.
We spoke to David O’Shea, Owner and Director of ODOS Architects, to find out more about this unique and creative business.
ODOS is an architecture and interior design practice, specialising in everything from residential to commercial interiors. It was set up over 10 years ago in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, and has since branched out to London and New York City due to their success.
David describes their style as contemporary, varying from project to project. They approach each task with fresh idea’s and put a modern twist on traditional design.
Their contemporary approach is evident in their work, especially in one of their latest projects, Luna. They turned the basement of a car park into a modern 1970’s restaurant (no easy feat). Their work on Luna won them ‘Best Fit Out’ and ‘Public Choice’ award in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.
When asked what drew him to this city centre studio, David explained “We didn’t go looking for the building, it came to us”. He believes that their Creative Quarter location has enabled them to meet more clients, adding to their success.
David describes DublinTown as a “small village where everyone knows everyone”. Unsurprisingly, every time he leaves work he finds himself chatting away to someone he bumped into on the street.
Although he has offices in London and New York, he has a distinct love for the Dublin based office, due it’s smaller foot fall and the slower paced atmosphere. David explains to us that they have a quiet time, no phones and emails from 1o to 1 o’clock, when the Dublin streets are most peaceful. “Sometimes we don’t appreciate that about this city, we don’t know how good we’ve got it”.
David has witnessed DublinTown grow and change over the past ten years, with businesses coming and going. We were curious to hear his opinion on the ever-changing attitudes towards interior design and style in DublinTown.
“Yes I think two factors have influenced Dublin style over the years – foreign people and the recession. When foreign people come into Dublin, they bring their foreign flavor with them, from food to clothes to the look and language of an interior. I also think the Recession has shaped Irish style, there wasn’t too much money around so we got this paired back, raw look. Now it wasn’t guys on straw bales, it was a kind of a minimalistic but edgy look. The bearded guys came in and it became cool to have torn jeans and raggedy clothes. I am not saying the recession is great but it has made people think more making businesses stronger.”
Before we jetted off, we asked David what would his perfect day in DublinTown be. With a big love for art and history he recommended going to the National History Museum, Dublin Castle and The National Art Gallery. When it comes to early morning coffee, there’s nothing better than sitting on a bench outside Kaph Cafe, and in the evening having a few pints with friends in Grogans, P Macs or Luna.
It was a pleasure to get the chance to meet David and his team, and to hear the story behind ODOS Architects. His positive and refreshing outlook on life, style and design clearly reflects in his work. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they do next.