University College Cork has selected O'Donnell + Tuomey to design the university's new student hub, which will house learning, student support and administration spaces in a new building adjacent to the campus' Victorian Windle Medical Building, to the West of the main quadrangle. Selected for their ability to work within and around the historic buildings, the project will also see O'Donnell + Tuomey restore the medical building.
The new student centre will be the second building designed by the practice for University College Cork, a decade after the completion of their Stirling Prize-shortlisted Lewis Glucksman Gallery.
Commenting on their selection, co-founder of O'Donnell + Tuomey Sheila O'Donnell said: "It is ten years since we completed the Glucksman Gallery and it’s really nice to be back working at such a beautiful university campus."
Mentioning that their most recent Stirling-shortlisted building, the student centre at the London School of Economics, would prepare them well for the new student centre at Cork, O'Donnell added that "this project is different to the LSE though. It is less social – the spaces are more about careers advice, support services and teaching."
Story via the Architects' Journal.