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Aras an Phiarsaigh

  • Architect:
    Moloney O'Beirne & Partners
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 1996
  • Location: Dublin
Aras an Phiarsaigh


In the refurbishment of this building on enlightened opportunity was taken to realign the front wall of the building to reflect the geometry of Pearse Street, giving a dramatic facade.

Architect's Comment
The architectural concept is largely in response to the complex site geometry and the requirement to maximise the space available for teaching facilities within the College.

The building occupies the site of the Old Queens Theatre which was demolished circa 1970. Dublin Corporation then insisted that the replacement speculative office block be set back by approximately three metres for future road widening purposes. This resulted in a particularly large and unattractive North facing pavement area. The road widening proposal was subsequently dropped.

We decided at the onset to re-establish the building line on Pearse Street. A new brick clad box wraps around three sides of the original office block which was then clad in a contrasting wall of glass.

Client's Comment
The building is an important interface between Trinity College and the city. When it bought the former Revenue Commissioners Office building, TCD recognised that a major transformation would be required to meet its functional requirements and to raise the building to the architectural standards set by the other buildings an the campus. This has been achieved most successfully and the building now provides purpose designed accommodation for the departments of Psychology and Business Studies and much needed expansion space for the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Information Systems and Services.