Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
Exemplary design categories: access, vocational facilitiesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Referencing historic university campuses such as Trinity College Dublin, this extension forms the new main entrance of Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. Three new buildings have been built around a circular green: a student centre, an administration building and a tourism and hospitality studies block. The complex is predominantly constructed in brick for reasons of longevity and durability. The student centre is formed about a large internal courtyard, designed for every sort of activity, like a village square. The administration building and the tourism and hospitality building are located on a rock outcrop, a phenomenon of the local karst limestone. The administration building has public access accommodation on the ground floor; the registrar’s department is on the first floor; and finance is on the second floor. The north and south façade designs reflect concerns with orientation and natural ventilation. The tourism and hospitality building has two entrances to accommodate both academic classes and hotel training. A class kitchen accommodates 16 student work places. All kitchen furniture is either cantilevered from the walls or on caster wheels to facilitate cleaning. The more significant elements – the demonstration kitchen - are employed externally to articulate the hierarchy of the plan. Rooms and corridors are naturally ventilated and day lit with roof-mounted cubes of opening glass lanterns.
Activity Areas: 8 class kitchens, 8 classrooms, demonstration kitchen, lecture theatre, student centre (student centre accommodates a bar, café, student union, art gallery, common room, bookshop, banks and the college radio station), reception, entrance halls, offices, public offices, director's garden
Project costs: EUR 26,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"