Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

ABK Architects, Dublin, 2002


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The multi-purpose building 

Benedict Luxmoore (website)     Download Original

  • The multi-purpose building    
  • The building blurs the boundary between academia and business    
  • Contrasts from masterplan to detail    
  • The design is a response to the landscape north-west of Dublin    
  • The south-facing court with central library stair    
  • Close up of aluminium cladding    
  • Walkway with glass screen    
  • Walkway can provide separate evening access    
  • The steps up from the restaurant and up again on the left to the student centre    
  • The multi-purpose building restaurant    
  • X-block node    
  • University site plan    
  • Multi-purpose building plan    
  • Teaching building plan    
  • Model of the full masterplan    
  • Detail of eaves at corner    
  • Detail of eaves section    

Development plan for a greenfield campus on the outskirts of Dublin that responds to the surrounding landscape

As you approach at the base of the hill site, ABK's masterplan has taken the higher, flatter part with views to the Wicklow Hills, the finger-ends of the teaching blocks beckoning towards you.

From here the impression changes radically, from the angular teaching blocks to the sculptural object that is the prosaically named multi-purpose building, with its dramatically sweeping roof. It acts both as gateway, a central axis runs straight through it, and as one of the elements enclosing the central courtyard, the locus of the campus.

The building's sweep in plan is echoed by the sweep of the existing and planned teaching blocks, themselves linked by a curved first floor walkway.

Stepping out into the courtyard, the sense of enclosure is made more pronounced by windscreen glazing beneath the raised walkway that links the academic buildings.


  • Begun: Feb 2001
  • Completed: Nov 2002
  • Floor area: 16,016m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £30.4M
  • Tender date: Oct 2000
  • Address: Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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