Printing House Square, Trinity College Dublin
Creating a gateway to the heart of the Trinity campus from Pearse Street, Printing House Square provides a new student hub on campus. The development provides student accommodation, student services in the form of a medical/health centre facility, retail units and a range of subterranean sports facilities.
The structure extends 3-storeys below ground and rises 6 storeys above ground level. It is a cast in situ structure with transfer slabs at first floor level and flat slab floor plates typically above. The structure is complex with floor plate levels uniform from first floor level and above only. At ground floor level and below each floor plate accommodates multiple split levels, with a total of 17 different slab levels catered for between ground floor and basement level B3.
The complexity of the structure extends to the unique and innovative stone clad roof structure. The roof structures are multi pitched and multi-faceted steel framed structures with the roof pitches springing from third, fourth and fifth floor levels. The roofs along with the building facades are clad in stone, with the cladding supported on a separate secondary galvanised steel support structure offset from the primary roof steelwork. Designed aesthetically to simulate the distant Dublin mountains as it fits into the Dublin cityscape with rocky peaks.