University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC)have announced the six shortlisted teams’ design proposals in the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition.
The teams’ urban design visions are Entrance Precinct Masterplan and concept designs for a new circa €48m Centre for Creative Design at the university.
The brief to competitors was to draw up an urban design vision that foregrounds a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, and create a concept design for a charismatic yet integrated new 8,000 sqm building – the Centre for Creative Design – that expresses the University’s creativity.
The Future Campus project is intended to create a stronger physical presence and identity for the University within Dublin, and raise the profile of UCD nationally and internationally.
Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin and competition jury chair, said:“This is an exciting, energising moment for University College Dublin. We now have six possible futures for our campus centre-stage, and all from acclaimed international teams, who are creating the most interesting and iconic architecture today.
“We are seeking comments on the design proposals from the UCD community and their feedback will be of interest to the jury, who face the absorbing task of analysing the schemes and interviewing the teams.
“This is such an important project: the jury’s choice will shape the identity of the University over the coming decades and allow UCD to realise the potential of its exceptional campus.”
The six designs are from Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), John Ronan Architects (US), O’Donnell + Tuomey (Ireland), Steven Holl Architects (US), Studio Libeskind (US) and UNStudio (Netherlands)
The first stage of the competition, which sought expressions of interest detailing each competitor’s proposed team and experience, attracted 98 teams from 28 countries.
The competition jury will assess the final submissions and interview the teams in July, with the winner announcement anticipated for August.