University College Dublin (UCD) has announced an international contest – judged by David Adjaye – to remasterplan part of its campus and create a landmark new addition
The two-stage competition, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, will select an integrated multidisciplinary team to create a £42 million Centre for Creative Design and to remasterplan the entrance to the UCD campus.
The Future Campus project aims to deliver ‘exemplary’ 21st-century facilities for students and staff and raise the profile of the university locally and internationally. The new 8,000m² building will feature interdisciplinary and collaborative spaces while the 24ha masterplan is expected to open up around 335,000m² of new development on the campus.
UCD president Andrew J Deeks said: ‘The essential design challenge embodied in the masterplan vision and the Centre for Creative Design is to give the university greater presence, greater visibility so that it resonates, becomes better integrated and is a distinctive entity within the city of Dublin.
‘When people come here we want them to immediately engage with and strongly relate to the university. We want our physical environment to inspire and energise students and faculty tutors; local innovators and communities.’
Competition director Malcolm Reading said: ‘UCD is seeking a team that understands how to translate thought-leadership into physical cues, creating placemaking and architecture that, ultimately, combines to make the UCD student and faculty experience one that is deeply felt, memorable and visually satisfying.
‘The international nature of the competition reflects UCD’s outlook as Ireland’s Global University. However, collaboration with local architects is also important – international teams will be required to team up with local firms at the second stage.’
UCD is located on a wooded 133ha campus close to Dublin’s city centre, and has more than 33,000 students. Its campus features a mid-20th-century core designed by Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert and a new Confucius Institute for Ireland designed by Robin Lee, is due to open later this year.
The new Centre for Creative Design will feature design studios, laboratories and workshop spaces intended to promote interdisciplinary learning and collaborations between business and academia.
The first round of the competition invites expressions of interest from creative integrated multidisciplinary teams organised under a lead consultant and including expertise in architecture, masterplanning, urban design, landscape, sustainability, engineering and transport planning.
Five shortlisted teams will then be invited to visit the site and draw up concept designs for the new entrance precinct and the 8,000m² Centre for Creative Design.
International teams will be required to team up with a local executive team during the second stage. All finalists will receive an honorarium of around £35,000 once the competition concludes.
Judges include Deeks; Adjaye; Paul Thompson, rector of London’s Royal College of Art; and Ann Beha, principal of Ann Beha Architects and member of the Harvard University Design Advisory Panel.
The deadline for applications is 2pm, 26 March.
How to register
Visit the competition website for more information
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