XL Group Plc is a global insurance company headquartered in Ireland with executive offices in Bermuda and Connecticut. The company has approximately 4000 employees and about 60 offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. The company recently moved into one of the most prestigious addresses in Dublin, a building which was previously a private members club. The office was designed by RKD Architects in such a way so as to respect the original building and its later reiterations, while also making sure the space contained all the tools and comforts of a modern office.
The building dates back to 1792 when it was constructed as an imposing, five-bay, four-storeys- over-basement residence for Lord Mountgarrat. From 1847 to 2003, it was owned by the Hibernian United Services Club and operated as a private club. The grand scale, elegance and drama of a private gentlemen’s club are still intact, and the unseemly practicalities of air conditioning, IT and plumbing are discreetly and stylishly hidden behind cabinetry and other structures.