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Printing House Square, Trinity College Dublin

Printing House Square will be built on Pearse Street to provide 250 student bedrooms over a Health and Sports Centre for Trinity College. The courtyard plan is a strategic extension of the existing sequence of Trinity squares. It also acts as a new public city square and gateway between the College and the city, bringing increased life to this impenetrable section of Pearse Street.

The form is like a granite rock with a distinctive undulating stone roof. On the grander scale reflecting the mountains in distant view to the South and, at closer quarters, a grouping of ordinary Georgian roofs in the city. The buildings materiality reflects its form and location with a board-marked concrete working plinth supporting a granite clad upper world. Occasional glimpses are provided from the courtyard down to the basement levels below.

The building also establishes a strong formal and material relationship between contemporary architecture and historic fabric. The architecture folds down to provide a more intimate context around the Printing House. New windowless gables are articulated as moulded planes setting the Printing House’s Classical temple architecture in a rocky landscape setting, allowing it to retain precedence in views from New Square and the steps of the Berkeley Library.

  • Address: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
  • Client: Trinity College Dublin
  • GPS: 53.345226, -6.255212
  • Civil & Structural Engineers: O'Connor Sutton Cronin
  • M&E Engineers: J. V. Tierney & Co.
  • Environmental & Sustainability Consultants: SES Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyors: Linesight
  • Fire Consultants: Factfire
  • Landscape Architects: Stephen Diamond Associates
  • Contractors: Bennett (Construction) Ltd
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