grafton architects: university of limerick medical school and dormitory
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mar 21, 2013
grafton architects: university of limerick medical school and dormitory


‘universiy of limerick school of medicine and dormitory’ by grafton architects, limerick, ireland
image © dennis gilbert
all images courtesy of grafton architects

 

 

 

dublin-based grafton architects has recently extended the university of limerick across the river shannon with a warm brick cluster of student housing as well as with the slate-colored monumentality of a new medical school. the program also includes a piazza and a bus shelter as part of an overall effort to create easy intersections of public space. learning and living spaces weave together in a masterplan that complements three existing buildings. while over the river the main campus is a decidedly orthogonal grid, the extension favors a more relaxed positioning of the architecture that grows from the physical and cultural environment of a collegiate place. architectonically, the structures prioritize permeability and a gradient of light, bright spaces.

 


a view of one of the student residences
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


angled recesses characterize the glazed apertures
image © dennis gilbert

 

 

 

three dormitories express the visual thickness and warmth of masonry but undermine the stark, rationalist materiality with angled, recessed apertures, lending the building an impressive ability to rhythmically orchestrate light across its faces. with a blue-tinged gray limestone, the medical school employs the same set-back glazing technique albeit more uniformly; however, the heavy, geometric top of the building is visually lightened by the double-height, colonnaded concrete walkway that creates a glazed band on the ground level. the effect is direct, the campus is place of energetic intellectual voraciousness and a space where meandering paths can balance focused study. 

 

 

 


medical school entrance
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


blue-gray local limestone contrasts with the warm-colored concrete, glass and wood arcade
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


left: walkway in the medical school
right: pergola bus shelter
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


the lobby of the medical school is well served by daylight
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


angled windows, double height spaces and richly grained wood open the space
image © dennis gilbert

 

 


master plan

 

 


site plan

 

 


medical school floor plan / level 0

 

 


medical school floor plan / level 1

 

 


medical school floor plan / level 2

 

 


medical school floor plan / level 3

 

 


student housing floor plan / level 0

 

 


student housing floor plan / level 1

 

 


student housing floor plan / level 2

 

 


medical school short section

 

 

student housing section

 

 


medical school elevation

 

 


student housing elevation

 

 


light study- medical school

 

 


light study- student housing

 

 


elevation color diagram- medical school

 

 


elevation color diagram – student housing

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