This international design competition focuses on enhancing and enlivening University College Dublin’s extensive campus. The competition seeks an outstanding integrated team for two much-needed design initiatives.Diller Scofidio Renfro’s with Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Sasaki Associates, GROSS. MAX., Arup, Atelier Ten, IN2 Engineering Design Partnership, Linesight, Michael Slattery Associates and i3PT have been shortlisted for the UCD Future Campus.
The 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.