Steven Holl Architects have been announced as winners of the University College Dublin Future Campus Competition, overcoming 98 total entries, and a shortlist of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio. The winning design features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland, integrating sustainable features such as solar connectors and water retention ponds. The competition sought to express UCD’s creative abilities and strengthen its physical presence and identity, signifying a major educational project for the Irish capital. Holl’s 24-hectare scheme focuses on the creation of an exhilarating Centre for Creative Design, serving as a gateway for seven new quadrangles of green space. A new pedestrian spine runs parallel to an existing path, creating a H-plan lined with weather canopies. Social spaces and cafes are lined along these paths for informal gathering, while landscape spaces are activated by water-retention ponds, protected seating, and preserved specimen trees.
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