Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry
In Brief

Trinity College Dublin



The Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry is a multi-disciplinary teaching and learning building for Trinity College's historic city-centre campus. E3 stands for ‘Engineering, Environment and Emerging technologies’ and its cross-departmental courses will focus on subjects such as smart cities, wellbeing, data analysis and sustainable resources.

The building is composed as three elements: a stone-clad laboratory block (The Nucleus) that nestles into the courtyard of the neighbouring zoology building; an aluminium and glass clad teaching block (The Wing) that follows the geometry of the city, and an elevated, transparent element (The Lantern) which brings light into a central atrium.

Each of the elements responds to the different learning space requirements. The Nucleus houses long-spanning, heavily serviced labs, The Wing is made up of smaller-scale flexible learning spaces.

With a focus on collaborative and project work, the Learning Foundry will be a launchpad for a new kind of education experience.

The E3 Institute will provide 1,600 new STEM places for students, addressing a skills shortage in the Irish economy and constitutes a 50% increase of STEM places over ten years.


The building design responds intelligently to the different learning spaces using a combination of new and established technologies. These systems work together across the building to create a building that is designed to meet nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) requirements and to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification.

Read Models of Sustainability, explaining how we created a model to communicate the sustainability strategy for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019.

Model showinng sustainability Strategy for E3 Learning foundry Trinity College Dublin
Social education

Social interactions spark conversations and ideas. 

The building is a new kind of education facility. It is focussed on challenge-driven education, on small group teaching, and on independent learning. 

It is designed to encourage students and staff to meet, talk and work together informally in a variety of settings. 

Flexibility is integral to the design.  Innovative teaching and learning environments can be adapted for structured and self-directed learning, in a range of group sizes. The classrooms are all designed to be easily reconfigurable and IT and AV infrastructure allows for broadcasting across rooms. 

Reception and social space at E3 Learning Foundry Trinity Dublin

Support Architect:       
Coady Architects
Structural Engineer:          
Planning Consultants:
Acoustic Engineer:           
Allegro Acoustics

FCBStudios_E3 Trinity College Dublin Interior
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