Winning practice will join O’Donnell & Tuomey and Heneghan Peng in working for Technological University Dublin
The Grangegorman Development Agency has launched a two-stage architectural design competition for a new university building in Dublin.
The competition is looking to appoint an architect-led team to design a new building for Technological University Dublin’s (TU Dublin) Focas Research Institute.
The institution is developing a reputation as an architectural patron.
Heneghan Peng Architects designed the £51m (€60m) home of the university’s law and language colleges, while O’Donnell & Tuomey is behind designs for the £40m (€50m) library and student centre.
The overall project, which represents the largest-ever state investment in higher education infrastructure in Ireland, was masterplanned by US firm Moore Ruble Yudell and its Irish partner Duffy Mitchell O’Donoghue.
The TU Dublin Focas Research Institute, originally Facility for Optical Characterisation and Spectroscopy, will be relocated from its present location in Dublin’s south inner city to the Grangegorman campus just across the Liffey.
This 4,500 sq m development will further consolidate an emerging research and innovation hub within the Grangegorman campus.
The objective of the project is to develop an enduring, adaptable, and environmentally responsible building.
The GDA is seeking entries from architects of all backgrounds.
The first stage of the competition is open to architects, with no need to name a full team.
Practices wishing to register their interest have until February 2.