University College Dublin (UCD) has launched an international competition for two major projects at its Belfield Campus. [Article cross-posted from ArchitectureAU].
The two-stage competition, run by Malcolm Reading Consulting, will seek an integrated design team to create an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and concept designs for a new 8,000-square-metre Centre for Creative Design, which will have an estimated cost of €48 million (A$75.5 million).
The first stage of the competition will look at the relevant skills and experience of entrants and will culminate in a shortlist of five teams. These teams will then be invited to visit the site and team up with a local executive team to produce the masterplan and concept plans. An honorarium of €40,000 ($62,984) will be paid to each of the shortlisted teams following the conclusion of the competition.
A high-profile jury chaired by UCD’s president, professor Andrew J. Deeks, includes: David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates; Paul Thompson, rector at the Royal College of Art, London; Ann Beha, principal of Ann Beha Architects and member of the Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; and urban planner Joe Berridge, partner at Urban Strategies.
UCD president Deeks said the university is emblematic of modern Ireland – constantly evolving and innovating – and that these projects were much needed.
“While UCD benefits from a wonderful natural setting and has a serious architectural pedigree, for the first-time visitor the campus is largely hidden and recessive,” he 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.”
Founded more than 160 years ago, UCD is Ireland’s largest university and, with students drawn from more than120 countries, it is also the country’s most global. Originally located in Dublin’s CBD, the majority of its facilities have since been relocated to it Belfield campus, four kilometres from the city centre. The first masterplan for the campus was conceived by Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert, the winner of a competition held by UCD in 1963.
A statement from the competition organizers said the winning team’s design for the Centre for Creative Design and masterplan vision will need to “exemplify sustainable principles and demonstrate environmentally aware and future-facing design.”
“The urban design element of the competition challenge reflects UCD’s desire to create a strong and flexible urban design vision for an around 24-hectare area of the overall campus, informed by place making, accessibility and people flows; this anticipates the potential for up to 335,000 square metres of new development,” the statement reads.
“The Centre for Creative Design is conceived as a charismatic yet well-integrated building that is a living learning lab – using innovative materials and new technologies to express its purpose as the University’s home of design studios and laboratories, and maker, project and fabrication spaces. It is intended to foster interdisciplinary learning and encourage academic and business collaborations.”
The deadline for expressions of interest is 2pm BST 26 March 2018 (11pm AEST).
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