Client: Eurigena Consortium / Dublin Institute of Technology
Completion: September 2020
FCBStudios have been working with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to design the Central Quad of a science, research and innovation led campus on a major city centre site.
The Central and East Quads will act as landmarks at the heart of the new Grangegorman Campus, inspiring the students and staff who use the facilities daily as well as adding significantly to the DIT vision of connecting with the community and the city. Once complete, the campus will bring DIT’s 20,000 staff and students, currently housed in 39 buildings across Dublin, together in a single integrated campus.
The Central Quad is a contemporary and dynamic interpretation of the classic university quadrangle. It will contain shared general teaching space as well as a range of specialist learning spaces including wet and dry laboratories, workshops, kitchens, support spaces and teaching restaurants.
With common learning areas throughout the building, the Central Quad is a hub which will bring life to the functions of the schools and colleges. A double-height atrium marks a clear entrance to the quad and houses exhibition space alongside the building's reception and security.
The quadrangle space is focused on a magnificent existing copper beech and surrounded by a simple, but generous, colonnade. Large windows look inwards to the green space of the quad and outwards to the Grangegorman Campus neighbourhood.
Routes across the quad make it an open and accessible building, announcing its role as a teaching and social centre for the university, bringing together staff, students and the local community to interact, engage and learn together.