Steven Holl Architects Wins University College Dublin’s Future Campus Competition

Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has been named the winner of the Future Campus – College School Dublin Worldwide Design Competitors. The worldwide jury was vastly impressed by SHA’s design proposal for a Centre for Inventive Design and Entrance Precinct Masterplan imaginative and prescient for a circa 24 ha space of the general campus.

“Holl’s imaginative and prescient is intriguing and hanging – combining an iconic design for the Centre for Inventive Design with a masterplan distinguished by a number of thought-about, extremely smart strikes that open up the centre of the campus and use artistic landscaping to accentuate its pure magnificence,” commented Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of College School Dublin and competitors Jury Chair. “The Centre for Inventive Design guarantees to be an exhilarating presence, asserting UCD from afar, creating a brand new Dublin landmark, and giving guests, college students and school a particular sense of arrival.

“We’re lucky to have an expansive campus which brims with potential. We searched globally for the very best expertise and had been rewarded. Now we will create the world-class surroundings UCD deserves.”

Holl’s placemaking technique focuses on creating an exhilarating Centre for Inventive Design as a gateway presence which cues to seven new quadrangles of open inexperienced area, designed to reinforce the campus’ historic options and woodlands. A brand new pedestrian backbone, parallel to the campus’ unique backbone, creates an H-plan organisation, lined with climate canopies that double as photo voltaic connectors, forming the infrastructure of an power community. Cafés and social areas are situated alongside paths for casual gathering; panorama areas are animated by water-retention ponds, rain- and wind-protected seating areas and preserved specimen timber.

The Centre, set by a plaza and a reflecting pool, shows prismatic types impressed by the geology of the UNESCO World Heritage Website, the Large’s Causeway. It options plentiful use of pure mild, which is captured by two vertical buildings angled at 23 levels, mirroring the earth’s tilt. The auditorium echoes the form of UCD’s iconic dodecahedral 1972 water tower; the Centre’s towers reply to the water tower’s pentagonal pillar.

The Centre is meant to encourage artistic collaboration and interplay with a ‘circuit of social connection’ that enables college students, school and guests to see into maker and classroom areas by way of glass partitions but in addition respects deep creativity by offering areas for focus and silence.

“We’re very honored to win. It is an important and provoking undertaking for Steven Holl Architects and we sit up for working with UCD,” mentioned Steven Holl, Founder, Steven Holl Architects. “Our masterplan and the brand new UCD Centre for Inventive Design should not simply iconic objects − they replicate on the historical past and high quality of UCD’s campus, responding to the particulars of the positioning to create place and area.”

Holl’s studio was supported by Dublin-based Kavanagh Tuite Architects, US analysts Brightspot Technique, structural engineers Arup, panorama architects and concrete designers HarrisonStevens and local weather engineers Transsolar.


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