|Limerick, Ireland||University of Limerick||£9m||6,700m2|
The building forms the first element of the North Bank Masterplan for the University, interrelating a new academic and research settlement on the County Clare side of the River Shannon connected to the existing campus on the Limerick bank. The activities rise three levels above ground; Biology and Anatomy laboratories, specialist therapy suites for Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech Therapies are grouped with Clinical Skills Laboratories to simulate ward and diagnostic conditions of a twenty-first century hospital.
Shaped as a double waveform cascading down to the west, the building mediates the strong prevailing wind. At ground level an internal sloping street runs uphill through the building, acting as an arcade route for students and staff. Either side of the street we have located researchers’ space, open access areas lecture and resource rooms. The street terminates at the south end in a drum like lecture theatre, a scenic circulation stair, and a terraced café, overlooking the river and city beyond.
masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture