National Film School

ABK Architects, Dublin, 2013


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Extension and reorganization of the National Film School in Dublin

Located within the campus of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, the National Film School consists of some 1500m² of specialist film and blue-Screen studios, radio studios, lecture rooms, and support facilities in a state-of-the-art facility that connects with existing studios in an adjacent 19th century building.

A new landscape strategy consisting of a ramped approach and sunken forecourt defines the main entrance where a concrete cantilever forms a generous porte-cochere. Printed glass art-work based on early cinematographic imagery.

By connecting with existing film teaching spaces in adjacent buildings, the project provides an integrated school, avoiding the waste of having to construct new facilities.

The project exploits the possibilities of new glass printing technology to create a striking image for the new Film School consisting of a dramatic glass ’mural’.


  • Begun: Aug 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2013
  • Floor area: 14,000m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £4.4M
  • Procurement: Public Works Contract
  • CO2 Emissions: 143.6kg/m2/year
  • Address: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

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