"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!


JD Wetherspoons has opened its pub in Waterford City.

The An Geata Arundel (Arundel Gate) is located on Arundel Square, and takes its name from the nearby gate in Waterford's ancient city wall.

studio | dsq worked alongside KDPA and the client/contract team on the detailed design, delivery & implementation of the project. 

Around €3.8 million has been invested in the pub creating 80 full and part-time jobs.  Spokesperson for JD Wetherspoons Eddie Gershon said The Arundel Gate will have a competitively priced food and drink offering, and prides itself on fact that each establishment is different:

"All our pubs have a similar food and drink menu, although that may vary slightly, but they all look different. Some are former churches or theatres for example. In Waterford the building was a former bank and lady's clothes shop, and we take great pride in having a lot of historical aspects to the building's past,"

The Arundel Gate is on two floors, with two enclosed courtyard terraced gardens, as well as an open kitchen.

Historical photos and details of local Waterford history, as well as artwork and images of local scenes and characters are displayed on the pub's walls.

Photography: © Pippa Hudson Photography


‘The Spirit of Dublin’


Teeling Whiskey engaged a professional design team led by architects and designer’s Studio | dsq to project manage and deliver this project, alongside their own marketing and brand home team.

As part of the Failte Ireland Dublin Surprising Stories Scheme, a number of upgrades are being unveiled to enhance the storytelling and overall visitor experience at the Distillery.

The storytelling aspect on the ground floor has been updated in conjunction with consultancy 1751, recounting the rich history and provenance of Dublin distilling as well as Teeling’s involvement in this over the generations.  In a collaboration with local Dublin Street Artist Shane Sutton, visitors now follow a street art storyline around the walls of the space and can even nose the award winning ‘Teeling Small Batch Whiskey’ straight from the barrel in the Maturation Space.,

Visitors can also opt to join a guided tour of the fully operational distillery and get to see a real working whiskey distillery through all aspects of production, while hearing the tour details in their own language, on their own phone through a new international language app.  Developed by translators and app producers Imagineear, this is a first for an Irish distillery and adds to the existing option of booking a guided tour ‘as gaelige’ with an Irish speaking tour guide.

The scripts for the tours have been updated and improved and visitors are welcomed with a new video produced by Dublin creative agency Big O, featuring Jack and Stephen Teeling. This video is presented in the upgraded/purpose built ‘Cocoon’ space to seat 30 people with state-of-the-art AV facilities.

Liz Halpin, Head of Dublin at Fáilte Ireland commented: "Creating new ways for visitors to enjoy the history, heritage and culture of Dublin will ensure our capital city’s attractions remain on the must-visit list for domestic and international visitors.

We know that the modern tourist expects an interactive and accessible experience, therefore improving foreign language provision and innovative storytelling, such as the project completed with Teeling Whiskey Distillery through our Dublin’s Surprising Stories scheme, will be a key selling point for visitors in the years to come.”

Lisa Jameson, Teeling Whiskey Distillery Visitor Centre General Manager commented: “As we are now in a position where we can operate at full capacity and with the forecast for international visitors looking positive for the year ahead, it is the perfect time to unveil these enhancements to our visitor experience and storytelling at the Distillery.

We wish to thank Failte Ireland for their support in part funding this project under the Dublin Surprising Stories grant scheme. We are very much looking forward to business returning to optimal levels, delivering the very best experience we possibly can to our consumers, trade partners and corporate clients”.

Derek Adams, studio | dsq Managing Director commented: “our collective teams, knowledge & combined capability were integral to enabling the creation and delivery of this engaging project; the end result enhancing the overall experience for both visitor and brand”

Project Team

Studio | dsq  www.studiodsq.com

1751 www.1751.ie

Big O www.bigo.ie

Shane Sutton www.shanesutton.com

Fitting Image www.fittingimage.ie

Raymar Shopfitting

Imagineear www.imagineear.com


One of our latest projects involves the creation of an extended, subterranean residential property in a small enclave, on the border between Netherlands and Belgium.

A contemporary aesthetic sets the tone for an architectural style, that provides a subtle yet dynamic contrast to the original 1970’s building.  The development sits substantially below ground level with the generous footprint providing a spacious, accessible, home inclusive of concealed underground garage.  The interior maximises the benefits of natural daylight and outside space, using innovative roof lights and floor to ceiling glazed sliding doors; with accommodation comprising living, dining, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom facilities along with home office, study and meeting/entertainment areas.

A material selection that includes external timber cladding and reclaimed brickwork, sits comfortably within the sustainable context of the landscaped site.  Existing water features embrace initiatives for re-usable/renewable energy and are effectively integrated amongst the natural surroundings of the 1.5 acre plot.

The new extension maintains a cohesive relationship with the existing house and new pergolas are designed to provide valuable shade in what can be warm summer months, despite the Benelux region’s temperate climate.



‘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 ….