University College Dublin’s campus

Steven Holl Architects wins University College Dublin’s future campus competition

University College Dublin’s campus
Master Plan

University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) announced that the team led by Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has won the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition.

University College Dublin’s campus
Image © Steven Holl Architects

The international jury—which included Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; acclaimed urban planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc.; Dermot Desmond, Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting; Sean Mulryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore.

University College Dublin’s campus
Image © Steven Holl Architects

SHA’s placemaking strategy focuses on creating an exhilarating Centre for Creative Design as a gateway presence which cues to seven new quadrangles of open green space, designed to enhance the campus’ historic features and woodlands.

University College Dublin’s campus
Image © Steven Holl Architects

A new pedestrian spine, parallel to the campus’ original spine, creates an H-plan organization, lined with weather canopies that double as solar connectors, forming the infrastructure of an energy network.

University College Dublin’s campus
Image © Steven Holl Architects

Cafés and social spaces are located along paths for informal gathering; landscape spaces are animated by water-retention ponds, rain- and wind-protected seating areas and preserved specimen trees. Source by Steven Holl Architects.

University College Dublin’s campus
Concept Diagram
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Architect: Steven Holl Architects
  • Design Architect, Principal: Steven Holl
  • Partner in charge: Chris McVoy
  • Project Architect: Filipe Taboada, Ruoyu Wei
  • Project Team: Alessandra Catherine Calaguire, Michael Haddy, Seo Hee Lee, Jacobo Mingorance Arranz
  • Associate Architects: Kavanagh Tuite Architects, Brian Kavanagh, Fergal Ryan
  • Structural engineers: Arup
  • Landscape architects / urban designers: HarrisonStevens
  • Climate engineers: Transsolar
  • Analysts: Brightspot Strategy
  • Client: University College Dublin
  • Year: 2018
  • Images: Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

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