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UCD Student Centre

  • Architect:
    Murray O'Laoire
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Dublin
UCD Student Centre


Dublin (over £100,000)

This robust building uses strong forms and resilient materials deftly to create spaces entirely appropriate to their function in a student facility.

Architects Comments 
The centre provides a much needed social and recreational home for the university clubs and societies. Internally it accommodates a Health Centre, Students Union Offices, Consultative Forum, Retail Space, Meeting Rooms, Multi-purpose Hall, Common Room, Càfe, Club Bar, in a manner that challenges students to appreciate and cherish a quality design ambience.

Given the broad range of uses the design challenge was to represent and co-ordinate all of the above in a coherent and unified building, essentially a club house in a strong collegiate setting. The architecture makes strong reference to the modernist heritage around it with horizontal emphasis and counterpoint between the column structure/overhanging planar roof and elemental forms. 

Clients Comments
Everyone in the University is very pleased with the Student Centre with all user groups commenting it favourably. The facilities are very flexible and allow for many different uses and configurations. Each element of the centre is faring very well. The Forum Club (Bar) is a big hit and students love the bright airy atmosphere. The function room is an even bigger hit for staff bookings out of term. The Multi-purpose Hall has brought student facilities to a level never thought achievable with events ranging from rock concerts (Aslan played during opening week), conferences, exhibitions, receptions and debates. 

The meeting rooms are very popular, with the Student Forum being very pleased with their new facilities. The staff working in the Centre enjoy the working environment and are very pleased with the great response from students and visitors. UCD are delighted that the centre was built on budget and on programme.