The project required the fit out of the top floor of an existing building to provide new teaching, research and office facilities for the Computer Science and Statistics Faculty.
The existing floor to ceiling height was very restricted and the original space was claustrophobic and poorly lit. In response we decided to expose the existing concrete soffit to maximise the available headroom and to improve the spatial quality. The open plan layout and use of glazed partitions has transformed the space into a light filled environment which now feels spacious and generous. The space is further animated through the careful use of colours and varied surface textures.
TCD’s new Computer Science MSc is designed to educate our students in specialist skills such as Data Science and Intelligence Systems. The assigned accommodation, the top floor of a 1970’s concrete frame structure, was tired and in need of significant upgrade. Out of this dull and uninspiring space, the designers realised a new and exciting interior. They used colour, form and natural light to create an inspirational work environment. The project has been very well received by staff and students and was successfully completed on time and under budget. TCD would like to use this project as a benchmark for other student refurbishment projects.