Trinity College O'Reilly Institute

Scott Tallon Walker have masterplanned and designed over 30,000 m² of advanced teaching and research facilities for the sciences at the East End of Trinity College, Dublin, over a twelve year period. The Panoz College of Pharmacy and the Smurfit Institute of Genetics represented the 4th and 5th phases of this East End Masterplan, earlier phases of which included the O’Reilly School Institute for Advanced Communications, Rowan Hamilton Library and Biotechnology Building.


The O’Reilly Institute was the first commission to flow from the Trinity east End Masterplan, and established the concept of the glazed student street and the refurbishment and reuse of the by then listed houses on Westland Row. The new building itself was so deep that a courtyard was required to allow light and air into its centre.

The proximity of the railway line and its noise led to the decision to enclose the courtyard with a glass roof and make it into a winter garden. The extraordinary success of this space as a focal point dominated by its huge banana plant, led to the adoption and development of the glass garden, atrium or green lung as a recurring component of many of the practice's subsequent schemes.

This building broke new ground also in its time for its use of ground source water heat pumps to reduce its carbon footprint, a cutting edge concept in 1986.


Trinity College Dublin

3,500 m²

In Use



Excellence in Architectural Design
Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI)

Gold Medal
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
1983 - 85


Client  Trinity College Dublin

Location  Dublin 2, Ireland

Status  In Use

Area  3,500 m²

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