North East corner of Trinity College Dublin campus
Competitive swimming pool with hydraulic floor
Mountaineers on the climbing wall
Trinity Sports Centre
As the highest internationally ranked University in Ireland, Trinity College required and planned a significant improvement in the on-campus indoor sports facilities available to its students. This building, developed under a single construction contract with the adjoining CRANN Nanotechnology Research Centre, completed the development at the campus’ North east corner. In providing an active street façade it also resolved complex site geometries including an interface with the Westland Row railway viaduct while providing a new TCD Campus Gate to Pearse Street.
Maintaining and integrating the existing pedestrian bridge over Westland Row added to the complexity. The curved form of the building successfully resolves these issues while providing a dramatic backdrop to the street. The fitness theatre opens up visually to Pearse Street. The climbing wall signals and displays the buildings use on Westland Row. Mountaineers dangling high above the street have become a familiar if still surprising sight to passing commuters and pedestrians.
Within the structure an 8 lane 25m Olympic Short Course pool includes a hydraulic floor capable of adjusting the pool depth from 300mm to 2000mm for competitive swimming and sub-aqua training. A multi purpose (30m x 27m) main hall with bleacher seating is fully fitted for basketball, volleyball and badminton and can be used for examinations. The main hall is complimented by a further sub-dividable ancillary hall (27m x 14m) for boxing, cricket, fencing and indoor football. The 6400m2 sports facility also contains a 440m2 fitness theatre, Aerobics area, café and administrative offices. Separate Wet and Dry changing zones in a mixture of cubicle and group areas, and the dramatic 100m2 climbing wall with 16 individual routes of varying difficulty complete the facilities.
Trinity College Dublin
Pearse Street, Dublin 2