School of Business
Trinity College, Dublin
Client: Trinity College Dublin
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker
IN2 believe the Trinity Business School, a new €80M project with 12,000m2, is an exemplar building design which maximises environmental performance whilst minimising energy requirements. Whilst the building design has many complex features (double skin facade, atrium, etc.) and particular site constraints (heritage buildings, adjacent rail line etc.), this was delivered and proven through simulation techniques in order to ensure a simple operation of use for occupants, with direct connection to the external environment.
The main Business School comprises primarily of Learning Spaces arranged around a central atrium space and double skin façades promoting natural light and ventilation. In addition, the building incorporates a 600 seater Auditorium, Lecture Theatres, Campus Boardroom, Executive Education area, Innovation Hub, Post-Graduate office spaces. An additional refurbishment formed part of the overall Project, comprising of Student Residential Accommodation (within protected structures) and Café annex.
The building has been designed to maximise health and wellness, being primarily naturally ventilated from atrium and double-skin façade arrangements, whilst minimising energy consumption and maintenance requirements. Energy reduction has been achieved through a combination of passive design features (natural ventilation and daylight) in conjunction with low-energy systems (displacement ventilation to auditorium etc.), supplemented by renewable technologies (Photovoltaic array), in order to achieve NZEB performance.
The building’s energy performance has been confirmed to be in accordance with the Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Directive as implemented within TGD Part L 2017 of the Building Regulations; despite having been designed in advance of this definition (2014-2015) and is thus envisaged to be one of the first prestigious projects in Ireland to achieve this.