Extension to Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
This is the second extension we have completed to this Department, the first being in 1996, which addresses the campus and is attached to the existing Parsons building which houses the Department of Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.
This particular site was a space wedged between an urban block with all its extensions and accretions and the 19th Century Parsons Building. It is also a corner of the university site through which enormous primary service routes make their way from the city to the campus - gas,electricity,IT,water,sewers etc. An existing electricity substation and transformer pits located on this site had to be maintained and so we were tip toeing around to find a place for the additional accommodation required.
从几何学和语言学的角度来看，该项目位于砖砌城市街区和石头大学建筑的交界处。林肯广场建筑的砖山墙，以及芬兰酒店的油漆标志是不能被干扰的，因为这个标志象征着酒店，每个都柏林人都知道，诺拉 · 巴纳克在 Nassau Street 遇见詹姆斯 · 乔伊斯时工作过的酒店。还有一棵重要的树木需要保存。
The site is at the junction of the brick urban block with the stone university buildings, both in terms of geometry and language. The brick gable of the Lincoln Place buildings, with the painted sign of Finns Hotel could not be interfered with because this sign signifies the hotel where, as every Dubliner knows, Nora Barnacle worked when she met James Joyce on Nassau Street. Also there was one important tree to be preserved.
The brief was to make sense of this confluence of disparate geometries and buildings and, in the process, to find a way of providing additional research and teaching spaces. There was also the requirement that the building had to be designed in such a way that it could be phased as funding became available.
该建筑物扩展了现有的屋宇，形成屋宇与维修后的市区大楼之间的空间，并更新了通往 Nassau Steet 的现有行人通道。这为残疾人士提供了从 Nassau Street 高层到下面校园的通道。平台房屋扩大地下室水平用于研究实验室。这个平台形式的前院和庭院类型的空间前和建筑物之间。它还提供了从以前被困空间的后部到城市街区后部的逃生路线。在街道和校园之间有一个2.5米的落差，允许我们跑到平台上的街道边缘，下面有小的储藏室和研究空间。
The building extends the existing Department, forms a space between this Department and the rear of the repaired urban block and upgrades the existing pedestrian gateway to Nassau St. An external lift is housed in a new 'gatehouse' element. This provides disabled access from the raised level of Nassau Street to the campus below. A podium houses extended basement levels used for research laboratories. This podium forms 'forecourt' and 'courtyard' type spaces forward of and between buildings. It also provides escape routes from the rear of the previously 'trapped' spaces to the rear of the urban block. A drop of 2.5m between the street and the campus allowed us to run the podium up to the street edge with small storage and research spaces housed below.
The preserved tree is anchored in this podium space and engenders a sense of communal life.
The upper level accommodation consists of smaller teaching spaces. A gap of 600mm is left between old and new. New is kept separate from old, but connected with half levels, quarter levels, multiple lift stops, multiple stair landings, allowing easy movement between new and old spaces.
The podium level stretches, bends and folds to deal with the complex conditions of the site. It connects street with campus, forms new entrances and exits from existing departments, and forms a sunny communal space under the canopy of the preserved tree.
The small teaching block to the west cantilevers over the podium to form a new entrance to the Department. The granite wall is punctured by timber windows clad externally in stainless steel, finished flush with the granite. The granite cladding coursing is matched with the existing stone coursing of Parsons building and the stone is interlocked at the corners revealing a cladding condition as opposed to a solid form of construction. Two 'mute' brick elements, like chimneys, are attached to the Lincoln Place gable housings a new lift and toilets.