"Out of the Box" is an expression that describes open-minded, creative thinking.

This captures the essence and inspiration of certain projects & initiatives in which we’re currently involved, along with some others that may catch the eye: there are no boundaries!

‘A renowned Victorian landmark’

Thomas Prior Hall is one of the city’s most unique and special venues. The 19th-century dining hall is adjoined to Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, offering both an event space and accommodation.

Studio dsq worked with Dalata Group on the upgrade & refurbishment of interior of this stunning property: from the tiled entrance hall to the stone carvings, the famous red-bricked building is adorned with delightful elements of its previous owners. The building was first opened as an orphanage and girls’ school by the Free Masons in 1882. It became such a success and was seen as a great example of architecture that even Queen Victoria’s interest was piqued. The queen and her daughter Princess Beatrice came to visit the school in 1890.

Just like the Queen’s welcome, Thomas Prior Hall offers an experience fit for royalty.


‘Creating harmonious communities, that enable people to live their best lives’

Where work life meets home life. Where technology meets nature. Where mountains meet the sea. Where you can get away from it all but stay completely connected. A place that creates seamless harmony. A place to be proud of. A place to thrive. A place to call home.

Quintain aims to set a new standard for liveability in Ireland by creating a resident-focused suburb, where all daily needs are a walkable distance.  The launch presents the Masterplan for the development and when complete, Cherrywood Village will comprise over 1,300 homes, two public parks and over 50,000 sq ft of retail and civic amenities in the village centre. There will also be primary and post primary schools, cycle and walking tracks and extensive green open spaces throughout the area.

studio | dsq collaborated with Outset, Crowley Models, Oakstein & the client team on the creation of the Marketing Suite for the Cherrywood Village development; working in conjunction with architects O’Mahony Pike, Urban Agency, Fletcher Priest & Grant Associates to realise the vision.



The growing need for improved standards and the increased demand for new residential accommodation, puts both a focus on creating the right urban framework but also an emphasis on getting the best professional teams in place, in order to deliver commercially viable, sustainable solutions.     


studio | dsq has honed our expertise within the residential sector over recent years, having worked collaboratively with a number of renowned investors and developers including: Cairn Homes, Carysfort/Angelo Gordon, Hudson Advisors, Quintain and D|RES Properties along with a selection of Private Clients.  These relationships have helped to provide valuable insight and an understanding of market trends, with our collective team possessing an in-depth knowledge of best practice, across new build, regeneration and renovation projects.

As Architects and Designers, we advise on effective design and engineered solutions, which meet consumer demand and that create properties in which people want to live.  Key factors being size, unit mix, configuration and adaptability in order to achieve a high quality of design and an appropriate standard of accommodation.  A recent initiative has seen the creation and publication of a Design & Specification Manual, produced in conjunction with D|RES Properties and intended to assist their consultant/contract teams in successfully implementing a suitable level of specification, as part of new build residential developments.  The purpose being to inform the design & cost estimate stage of an overall housing development; ensuring that critical aspects, including both the external and interior specification are considered at an early stage of a project.

studio | dsq’s experience in residential development covers initial consultancy, feasibility & master-planning; through to planning submission, statutory compliance and a full Architectural | Design service.


The studio is currently engaged in key projects where private clients have invited us to assist in the creation of a select number of new residences.  Demanding a fresh approach, the challenge of helping to cultivate a ‘home’ is a rewarding experience and we continue to explore the use of new materials, techniques and technologies in order to develop both solutions and spaces, for the benefit of all.


A conceptual approach to an inspiring opportunity, working alongside our partners 1751 ….


Feasibility and Conceptual development for the extension and remodelling of an existing Georgian House to create a new family home, in an establsihed neighbourhood within easy reach of the city centre. The proposed scheme has been designed in keeping with the traditional style and proportion of the property; new accommodation incorporating 4 bedrooms, four bathrooms, designated living space and an open kitchen/dining area with easy access to external patio and mature, landscaped garden.