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Parson’s Podium

  • Architect:
    Grafton Architects
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2006
  • Location: Dublin
Parson’s Podium


Architects Comment

This is the second extension we have completed to this Department which occupies Parsons Building at the south east corner of the campus. The first extension was completed in 1996, and addresses the main campus.

The site for this second extension was a space wedged between the Lincoln Place urban block, with all it’s extensions and accretions, and the 19th Century Parsons Building.

It is also a corner of the university site through which enormous primary service routes make their way from the city to the campus…..gas, electricity, IT, water, sewers etc.

An existing electricity substation and transformer pits located on this site had to be maintained and so we were tip toeing around to find a place for the additional accommodation required.

The site is at the junction of the ‘brick urban block’ with the ‘stone university buildings’ both in terms of geometry and language.
The brick gable of the Lincoln Place buildings, with the painted sign of Finns Hotel could not be interfered with as far as we were concerned, because this sign signifies the hotel where, as every Dubliner knows, Nora Barnacle worked when she met James Joyce on Nassau Street. Also there was one important tree to be preserved.

Clients Comment

The work to the Parsons Building by has provided college with clear access to new accommodation which is efficiently laid out. All of the new accommodation provided on site had to be recouped from a chaotic context of rear extensions and complex service rooms. The new podium space successfully knits together many disparate functions and requirements. At the same time it provides a newly structured entrance both to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Campus in general which is accessible to all.