The Vaults RBDA Shortlist


We got the wonderful news last week that our beautiful whimsical design for The Vaults Parlour was shortlisted for not one but two Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.

The Restaurant and Bar Design awards take place every year in London. Last year our beloved Pot Bellied Pig design won best café at the awards.

The Vaults Parlour table and wallpaper detail


This year the Vaults Parlour is nominated in the Heritage category and In Another Space category. The Vaults Live is an innovative and theatrical large-scale tourist attraction located in the heart of Dublin City, offering a unique and exhilarating tour and experience by taking the visitor on a journey throughout the most scandalous and exciting tales of Irish history in a stunningly renovated original four-storey Victorian building. The experience includes stunning 360° sets, state of the art lighting, lavish costumes and special effects.


The Vaults Food and beverage area
The Vaults Food and beverage area


KLD were appointed to take a creative and inventive approach when designing both the café and retail spaces, continuing the overall immersive theatrical experience whilst delivering a fully considered and highly operational F&B and retail aspect to the business.

Located in the Victorian vaults themselves, our designated area for cafe and retail was a combination of the original building and a much newer contemporary extension design. Here is a look at the two arches which once featured at the front of the building but are now indoors and a focal point of the room, framing the view in both directions.


The Vaults before the addition of extension



Laying the extension foundations at the Old School House site of The Vaults in Dublin


This is how the arches look now, resplendent and framing the retail area beautifully.  The chequered floor, a nod to Alice in Wonderland, exudes the dreamy imagination filled curiosity of the design, rich with exquisite detail.  Many of the items you see in the below photo came from the Vintage Hub.



View of the original arches to the retail area.



The Vaults Parlour
Attention to detail is everything. – The Vaults Parlour



The Vaults: Checkered floor and neon curved lighting connecting old and new sections.
The Vaults: Checkered floor and neon curved lighting connecting old and new sections, framed beautifully by the arch.


We love how to old works with the new, contrasting, complementing and framing. Our design for the Vaults is already a winner having won Best Fit Out — Retail at the 2018 Fit Out Awards.

Every aspect of this fit out was bespoke, custom designed and made to suit. The budget was tight so collaboration and collaborative creative thinking from both the design and build team was imperative to achieve the high-end result.



Retail design
The Vaults Cabinetry

The Vaults Cabinetry

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards take place in October.

Photography (excluding before pics) by Barbara Corsico.