Bridge House

Parsons Bookshop was at Baggot Street Bridge for 40 years from the 1940s; the quintessential dark bookshop of the city. Two shops at ground level were needed - views to canal and city were key. The canal façade, transformed by new penetrations above and between existing windows, created a wall of views playing on the composition of the existing hood-mould arched windows and the new windows, set in a vertical pattern. The new shopfront became a folding metal veil of shutters. Inside, authentic finishes were brought up, new openings trimmed with steel made a continuum from one space to another.