Niche Living delivers Ireland’s first co-living scheme

Niche Living completes its Eblana Avenue development, Ireland’s first co-living scheme designed and delivered by HKR Architects.

Niche Living Dun Laoghaire co-living development in Ireland, designed and delivered by HKR Architects. Image credit: Paul Moore Photography | BTR News
Niche Living Dun Laoghaire co-living development in Ireland, designed and delivered by HKR Architects. Image credit: Paul Moore Photography.

Ireland’s first co-living development designed and delivered by HKR Architects on behalf of Niche Living, has completed. The scheme named Niche Living Dun Laoghaire is located on Eblana Avenue. It has created a new community in the established town centre of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

The Niche Living Dun Laoghaire scheme comprises 204 beautifully designed and fully serviced studios. Each private studio offers a high spec, flexible and functional solution, with careful consideration given to crafting adaptable storage. Studio’s also offer residents a private toilet with a separate private shower room, the provision of a workstation, and a fully equipped kitchenette and dining space.

Niche Living residents benefit from all-inclusive living, with super-fast WiFi (1gb), electricity, gas, refuse collection, and fortnightly studio cleaning with linen and towel change included in the rental cost. 

“We are delighted to launch our first co-living scheme in Dublin and would like to thank the team at HKR on the design and delivery of this first class offering to the Dublin residential market. The team brought its experience and ambition to the project, and we are delighted to have worked together on this journey to deliver an extremely successful scheme. We look forward to working together on forthcoming projects.” 

James Cormican, Head of Development, Niche Living

Amenities at the Niche Living Dun Laoghaire scheme include a sky garden at roof level, offering panoramic views across the bay. The outdoor space provides a place for people to meet in groups, attend events and enjoy some downtime. The sky garden has been sustainably designed to help residents feel connected to nature.

Other shared amenities include a gym and fitness club, workspace and meeting rooms, laundry room, cinema room, a games room with a pool table, table tennis, games console and arcade machine, and a MasterChef kitchen on each floor of the building.

Niche Living Dun Laoghaire’s MasterChef style kitchens are fully equipped and include an induction hob, oven, pots, pans and more. Each kitchen pod has its own high-speed dishwasher, with a three-minute cycle for added convenience.

the co-living scheme’s private cinema room features a 100-inch Sony screen and immersive sound system for the ultimate movie viewing experience. It can be enjoyed from the comfortable couch seating.

Designed by Raw Gyms, the gym and fitness suite is full equipped with Life Fitness and Cybex equipment. Raw Gyms run weekly fitness and yoga classes which are free for residents to attend – as are weekly Spanish and cooking classes.

“All major cities require a broad mix of residential typologies to meet their burgeoning housing demand. Dublin is no different. The demand for co-living has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly in Dublin where there is a substantial international employment market that begs creative housing solutions. 

“Co-living developments are typically targeted, but not exclusively, at young professionals who do not wish to commit to an area long term, but still desire high quality accommodation in a community of their peers. Niche Living responds to this, with first class shared facilities and optimally designed private studios. We are proud to have been part of the team that delivered it.”

Jerry Ryan, Director, HKR Architects

Created to respond to the needs of post pandemic working behaviours, Niche Living Dun Laoghaire residents also have access to communal co-working spaces, designed to encourage collaboration. It includes a space to hold video calls and there is access to private meeting rooms.

The scheme’s member lounge and living rooms provide a stylish hotel-style lobby vibe, which are designed to be comfortable – and offer inviting spaces to relax or work. Residents can also book the private event space – as well as a full programme of events – via the Niche Living App.

“Each demographic has different needs and co-living is just one part of the housing mix which is addressing a specific part of the market which traditional residential development does not appeal to. Equally co-living demonstrates efficient use of land accommodating 204 people on two thirds of an acre. It frees up sixty plus homes in suburbia (assuming the alternative of three or four people sharing a house) for families. It locates these key workers close to public transport, with Niche Living immediately adjacent to the DART station, reducing car usage. It brings a big addition to the local economy and social fabric of Dun Laoghaire.”

Kola Ojeyomi, Director, HKR Architects