President's House At Dublin City University
Dublin City University
Gross Floor Area
The existing 19th century lodge is located at the western edge of the campus. It sits in the centre of a rectangular site which is adjacent to the Albert College building. The site is flat and has many trees, particularly at its perimeter. The project restores the building to residential use for the president of the university and provides new spaces for more formal use in a series of additions.
The accommodation comprises a formal reception room and dining room for corporate entertaining, along with the ancillary uses of holding kitchen, cloakroom and bathroom, a study and a guest suite. This accommodation is provided in a series of single storey, predominantly glazed pavillions, which, through their disposition on the site, create a number of spaces emanating from the existing building. These proposed outdoor rooms will provide and arrival forecourt, a family garden, a formal lawn space and a concealed service area, each relating to the appropriate internal room. In this way, the scheme will become an enclave of various spaces and uses, with the historic building as its centrepiece.