RIAI Dublin City University Main Entrance Competition
Design competition for a new main entrance for Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland.
Our proposed metal screen identifies the main entrance as
well as acting as way-finding device, helping to rational public spaces beyond
the main gates of the University. The screen defines the edges of the
university’s distinctive central boulevard, leading one towards the main
reception building and into the heart of the campus. The playful rhythm in the
placement of vertical elements, including the assorted solid panels not only
becomes an intriguing visual statement but offers a sense of transparency
evoking a visual dialogue that seeks to redefine the public realms. Landscaping also plays an important role - bespoke seating and lighting,
carefully considered surface finishes and thresholds were all designed to
encourage social cohesion, engagement and ease of movement in and around the
This elegant, timeless proposal offered an architectural typology which
could easily be adopted as a master planning strategy across the entire university campus.