Steven Holl to Design New University College Dublin Campus

The design includes seven quadrangles oriented around the historic features and woodland of the site. All images courtesy Steven Holl Architects.

Steven Holl Architects has been named the winner of the international competition to design a new segment for the campus of the University College Dublin (UCD), beating out fellow finalists Diller Scofidio + Renfro, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio. Dublin-based Kavanagh Tuite Architects will also serve on the project.

Images courtesy Steven Holl Architects.

“It’s a very important and inspiring project for Steven Holl Architects and we look forward to working with UCD,” Holl said. “Our masterplan and the new UCD Center for Creative Design are not just iconic objects—they reflect on the history and quality of UCD’s campus, responding to the particulars of the site to create place and space.”

Images courtesy Steven Holl Architects.

The proposal comprises seven quadrangles oriented around the historic features and woodland of the site. The key fixture of the design will be the university’s Center for Creative Design, which will include two vertical volumes angled at 23 degrees to mimic the tilt of the earth and maximize exposure to natural light. Moreover, an auditorium will reflect the shape of the university’s landmark water tower from 1970. A pedestrian spine lines the 60-acre campus, running parallel to the original spine, while cafes and other social areas will be appointed along campus pathways as well. Sustainable elements such as solar connectors and ponds for water retention will also be developed.