Architecture Design Option Studio — ENGINEERING TRINITY (Heneghan / Peng)

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In this studio you will take the broad overview of the master planner without the ability to create a Tabula Rasa. By situating the studio in the middle of Dublin, with a densely packed “back” campus saturated with historic examples, a place with little open land and a need for more space, we ask the student to reconsider the isolation of the architectural object and the limitless power of the master planner. We will consider how occupation strategies may affect design and how strategic design can impact well beyond the immediate physical boundaries of intervention.

We believe in testing through doing. Therefore, your understanding of the site will come through proposing and projecting through drawings, models, and written work offering a view of what might be.

To quote Beckett (a graduate of Trinity), “…Try again, fail again, fail better.”

Students will be asked to switch scale and consider how the materiality may affect the design.

Shih-Fu Peng will be the lead on the studio and will be bring continuity to the studio. Roisin Heneghan will join in the long-distance calls and some reviews.

A key point for this studio is that Ireland has a very mild climate with an average January temperature of 45 degrees and an average July temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dublin has a population of one million with a primarily 18th century core, the city is organized into a north and south side divided by the river Liffey, which bisects the city center. As the capital of an island, Dublin’s port and docklands were large industrial tracts of land with warehouses located at the mouth of the river, where the Liffey meets Dublin Bay. In the 1990s, the port contracted and relocated and the former docklands were reorganized and developed. The primary focus of the development was to provide office space with large floor plates to attract international companies and their investments. Over the course of twenty plus years, this has been a successful strategy and the area is now home to the EMEA HQ of Google, Facebook, Airbnb, LInkedin, and a host of others.

Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, is a university of classical courtyards surrounded by walls in the center of Dublin. The University walls kept the city at bay or kept the city out for centuries and that distancing allowed the University to grow with its own structure unencumbered by the city’s development. Today, Trinity has opened its doors but walking through the gates has the quality of stepping into another world.

The western side of the University retains the spacious green quads of a made for TV university ideal whilst the eastern side that abuts the former working-class neighborhoods of the docklands is home to a densely packed series of primarily engineering teaching buildings. The campus has historically been organized with the liberal arts on the west side and the sciences on the east side.

The eastern edge of the campus, which for so long was its back, practically abuts the former docklands area. With the redevelopment of the docklands, there is an opportunity for Trinity to redefine its eastern edge, currently a row of townhouses with little connection to the street.

Design an outdoor bicycle park for 1000 bikes

To do this you will need to develop an understanding of flows and movement across the site. The analysis of the site will be considered through design.

The brief for the studio is an incubation center at Trinity located in the east of the campus. There are no vacant sites and the definition of where to build will require critical intentionality.

The overall size will be of the order of 75,000 sq. ft.