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

grafton architects: university of limerick medical school and dormitory

dublin-based grafton architects has 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.

image © dennis gilbert (also main image) / all images courtesy of grafton architects



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.

angled recesses characterize the glazed apertures image © dennis gilbert

medical school entrance image © dennis gilbert

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

left: walkway in the medical schoolright: 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



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





  • masterpiece!

    kukubee says:
  • Welldone, honest inventive human scale architecture. I love it!

    Q says:

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