BDP is shortlisted with a team led by Studio Libeskind and including !melk, NRB, Dcon, Arup, Brock McClure Consultants, O'Herlihy Access Consultancy, JGA and i3PT for the University College Dublin Future Campus international design competition.
Ninety-eight teams from 28 countries entered the first stage of the competition and a shortlist of six teams was selected by a panel chaired by University College Dublin President Professor Andrew J Deeks. The shortlisted teams were asked to prepare urban design visions for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan as well as concept designs for the Centre for Creative Design.
The team’s proposal for the masterplan has two interwoven concepts with landscape and public paths inspired by the interlacing patterns from the Book of Kells. The curvilinear paths and green space create a rich new landscape of extensive woodlands and three-dimensional gardens that set the placement for discreet building complexes. Within this plan, each complex is represented by one of the Nine Muses in James Joyce’s Ulysses (UCD’s most famous alumnus) and each featuring a central courtyard that defines its distinct architectural language.
Sited at the nexus between the old and new campus, the Centre for Creative Design is the focal point of the plan with a dynamic sculptural structure which serves as a gateway to the campus. Terraced planters provide shade and continue the lush landscape design throughout with internal loft-like workspaces and open and flexible spaces throughout the building.
These concepts, including a short description from each team can be seen below