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VR tour: This former Dublin distillery is now a huge loft-style apartment

The space covers 1,970 sq ft – and it’s a 30-minute walk from O’Connell St.

If you have Google Cardboard or another VR headset, you can enjoy a full 3D experience by tapping the ‘goggles’ icon. 

ORIGINALLY HOME TO the Dublin Whiskey Distillery and dating back to the 1890s, Loft 2 is a restored apartment that’s a lesson in well-thought-out open plan living and contemporary design.

The current owner, architect Anthony Keeler, bought the 1,970 sq ft space in 2015. He transformed what was then a ballet studio to highlight the original features of the protected structure.

Today, a mix of modern and salvaged finishes complement the loft-style structure of the two-bed apartment. The interior walls were stripped back to reveal the brickwork that makes up the majority of the walls and arches.

grainstore 2 Source: Daft

Solid blocks of painted finisings help to define each specific area, including a home gym and an office space. Plus, they bring a vibrant splash of colour against the brickwork.

original Source: Daft

Each ‘zone’ of this home has its own identity, so you won’t need to spend time figuring out how to make such a large space feel homely.

A nod to the building’s unique past is the “whiskey corner”, complete with a beer barrel table, some salvaged bicycle stools and a plush leather sofa that creates the perfect nook for entertaining.

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The main bathroom is home to a vanity counter top, made from salvaged wood, while a freestanding bath further adds to the design aesthetic and makes sure the exposed brickwork sits unharmed.

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The area of Drumcondra has the advantage of being close to the city as well as the airport. For sports fans, Croke Park is just a ten minute walk away. What’s more is that a ramble towards the Liffey will have you on O’Connell Street in less than 30 minutes.

Loft 2 The Grainstore, Distillery Loft, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 is on sale for €750,000 with DNG Fairview via

This virtual reality tour is presented as part of Experience Your World with KBC.

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