Running energy

The luminous ‘lightning bolts’ of Martinelli Luce travel between concrete and color inside the Autodesk headquarters in Dublin. A project by the firm Henry J Lyons & Partners, with an accent on lively connections between spaces and people

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy
Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

Facing the Docklands of the River Liffey in Dublin, and organized on an area of 4500 sqm, the headquarters of Autodesk is an emblem of dynamism. The spaces for training and the large multifunctional areas on the first floor can be revised to meet the needs of the moment. On the second floor, containing the main reception area, a VIP meeting room, a large open-plan office area and a break zone interact with each other.

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

The design of the interiors visually accompanies physical and mental action thanks to the contrast between concrete and color: geometric lines and graffiti in vivid tones are crossed by pathways of light formed by the Colibrì system of Martinelli Luce.

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

The process of ideation seems to become the material, with zigzags that extend along the corridors of the offices like luminous lightning, unwinding to generate compositions of forceful three-dimensional character. The result is one of direct lighting along the corridors where the fixtures are installed.

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

The line-modules are connected to each other thanks to a magnetic system created by Emiliana Martinelli, which permits development of infinite compositions with the widest range of forms. The magnets placed at the extremities join multiple elements, giving rise to light, aesthetically pleasing figures, without limiting the angles.

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

The system was expanded in 2020 with new pieces and attachment accessories, also on the wall as well as the ceiling, through supports that contain the magnetic joint. The system offers the possibility of having a single power cable for three fixtures, generating an even cleaner, lighter structure.

Autodesk, Dublin - Photo © Donal Murphy

Photo © Donal Murphy