Submitted by WA Contents

Six international firms release designs for University College Dublin’s Future Campus

Ireland - Jul 4, 2018 - 06:34   4555 views

Competing designs for the University College - Dublin’s Future Campus have been released by University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), the strong proposals are now showcased in a digital gallery for the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. 

The shortlist, announced in April this year, includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Libeskind and UNStudio to envision urban design visions for an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and concept designs for a new circa €48m Centre for Creative Design. 

The brief to competitors was to draw up an urban design vision that foregrounds a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, and create a concept design for a charismatic yet integrated new 8,000-square-metre building – the Centre for Creative Design ­– that expresses the University’s creativity. The Future Campus project is intended to create a stronger physical presence and identity for the University within Dublin, and raise the profile of UCD nationally and internationally.

University College Dublin.

Known as Ireland’s Global University, University College Dublin is the country’s largest and most internationally-engaged higher education body, the destination of choice for international students coming to Ireland. It is also the most popular choice for Irish students seeking a university place in their home country.

Founded as an independent university 160 years ago by the visionary John Henry Newman, UCD has been a vital and influential force in shaping modern Ireland, both politically and culturally. UCD’s ability to foster creativity and expressiveness is reflected by alumni including the 20th century’s outstanding author, James Joyce; film maker Gabriel Byrne; and comedian Dara Ó Briain; as well as many successful architects and designers.

See the full designs and short info below:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, US

"Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for the UCD Future Campus heightens the campus’ existing pastoral setting to create a dynamic weave between buildings and nature. The campus’ woodland walks are connected to form a public park around the campus. Their manicured landscapes are ‘re-wilded’ and drawn deep into the campus in a series of green promontories that alternate with academic plazas. The plazas signify UCD’s shift away from a campus of linear walks towards one of urban squares, each of which is anchored by a heritage structure."

"Located at the base of the central plaza, the Centre for Creative Design intertwines workspace facilities for the school of architecture and engineering into a communal spiral of program. A sweeping timber roof covers the lofty spaces, beginning as an expansive protected outdoor commons for the entire university and ending in a dramatic event space overlooking the main entrance with views to the Dublin Bay beyond."

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, US

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, US

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, US

John Ronan Architects, US

"Our plan establishes a pedestrian-friendly campus experience punctuated by bold, memorable spaces. A new vehicular entrance enables the existing roadway bridge to be transformed into a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard entrance into campus. An Arrival Plaza begins a broad circulation spine which is connected to the existing campus circulation spine from the original masterplan. Inside campus, iconic green spaces and quads bring spatial clarity to campus organisation and improve wayfinding. The Ardmore and Belfield estate houses are given new prominence and leveraged as orientation devices."

"A showcase for innovation, the ten-story Centre for Creative Design can be viewed from all sides and from great distances. Landscaped terraces and enclosed Winter Gardens extend the Woodland Walkway vertically and provide building users with a continuous connection with nature. The CCD’s loft-like learning spaces and clean exterior gives it a sophisticated and tech-savvy character. It stands out from neighbouring structures yet possesses a timeless quality that feels “at home” on campus."

John Ronan Architects, US

John Ronan Architects, US

John Ronan Architects, US

O’Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland

Future Campus

"The masterplan reimagines UCD as an ecological campus, a campus community engaged with its context and in dialogue with the wider world. Our vision is for the urbanisation of Belfield as a natural extension of its inherited landscape. A transformative plan connects the campus core to the main entrance: Arts Block to R138 in a 5-minute walk by an urban sequence of landscaped terraces. The radically restructured Stillorgan Road bridge becomes a symbol of welcome to UCD. The beautiful walled garden is reinstated. A new density rises out of the established ground."

A Beacon for Belfield

"The Centre for Creative Design is an asymmetrically balanced design, a floating structure of glass and concrete. In the daytime, it is translucent. At night, it is a lantern. The façade is an energy-efficient etched-glass envelope. Studio life is on show. Roof gardens provide social space. A new civic realm is created at the entrance to the university."

O’Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland

O’Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland

O’Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland

Steven Holl Architects, US

"Our Design focuses on Place and Space, reflecting on the history + quality of this Place and projecting toward the future with inspiring Space for the highest level of education."

Entrance Precinct Concepts
"Seven Quadrangles of open, green space
"H"-Plan circulation of covered walkways, doubles as near-net zero infrastructure
Campus Porosity and Social Space through portal pass-throughs and amenity programs
History Connected relation to historic houses, gardens, specimen trees and woods
Flexible Phasing + Use by vertical Forums connecting all levels as “social condensers."

Centre for Creative Design Concepts
"Place inspired by geometries of Giants Causeway and the work of James Joyce
Space for experience instead of an object
Gateway presence on the horizon, R138 and up close
Natural Light and generous proportion to all interior spaces
Circuit of Social Connection linking everyone in a free and open way for creative collaboration at the heart and soul of the building."

Steven Holl Architects, US

Steven Holl Architects, US

Steven Holl Architects, US

Studio Libeskind, US

"Studio Libeskind’s proposal for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan is organised by two interwoven concepts. Landscape and public paths are inspired by the interlacing patterns from the Book of Kells. The curvilinear paths and green space create a rich new landscape of extensive woodlands and three-dimensional gardens that set the placement for discreet building complexes."

"Laced within this plan, each complex is represented by one of the Nine Muses in James Joyce’s Ulysses—UCD’s most famous alumnus. Each complex features a central courtyard that defines the distinct architectural language of each."

"Sited at the nexus between the old and new campus, the Centre for Creative Design is the focal point of the plan. The dynamic sculptural structure serves as a gateway to the campus. Terraced planters provide shade and continue the lush landscape design throughout. Inside the Centre, the program features loft-like workspaces, and open and flexible spaces throughout."

Studio Libeskind, US

Studio Libeskind, US

Studio Libeskind, US

UNStudio, Netherlands

"As learning transitions into a flexible engagement and communal endeavour, UNStudio’s vision for UCD’s Future Campus thoughtfully transforms the Entrance Precinct into the ‘Marketplace of Innovation’. By reimagining the Future Campus as a vibrant marketplace, programmed with a series of agile spaces that form into cultural and commercial destinations around the Estates, the campus becomes a green space of engagement that invites students, faculty and Dubliners to learn, collaborate and co-create."

"The Centre of Creative Design orients itself at a critical intersection within the Marketplace of Innovation. Located near the campus entrance, this elevated building acts as a conduit for orientation, as it becomes the new origin for many of the primary routes. The flexible platform for the CCD – and by extension the Marketplace for Innovation – is a kick-starter for connectedness; it fosters serendipitous knowledge sharing and engenders a culture of engagement within UCD’s community. With its volume gesturing both outwards and upwards and with its lively interior on display for broader Dublin, the CCD truly becomes the heart of the Future Campus."

UNStudio, Netherlands

UNStudio, Netherlands

UNStudio, Netherlands

"This is an exciting, energising moment for University College Dublin. We now have six possible futures for our campus centre-stage, and all from acclaimed international teams, who are creating the most interesting and iconic architecture today," said Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin and competition jury chair.

"We are seeking comments on the design proposals from the UCD community and their feedback will be of interest to the jury, who face the absorbing task of analysing the schemes and interviewing the teams." 

Each finalist team will receive an honorarium of €40,000 for their competition work and international teams were required to team up with a local executive team for the second stage.

The competition jury will assess the final submissions and interview the teams in July, with the winner announcement anticipated for August.

The jury is composed of Professor Andrew J. Deeks (Jury Chair), President, University College Dublin, Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates, Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel, Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc., Professor Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture, Head of Subject and Dean, School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Dermot Desmond, Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting, Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Professor of Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin, Professor David P. FitzPatrick, Principal, College of Engineering & Architecture and Dean of Engineering, University College Dublin and Provost, Beijing-Dublin International College, Professor Michael Monaghan, Vice-President for Campus Development, University College Dublin, Sean Mulryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore, Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art, London.

All images courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

> via Malcolm Reading Consultants