UCD Student Centre


The Student Centre is the new epicentre of social, creative and sporting activity in UCD. The Student Centre stands at the easternmost boundary of UCD’s covered pedestrian mall, adjacent to the Water Tower. The building has been carefully arranged so as to embed itself into the existing pedestrian network and introduce a large indoor public space to the campus.

Conceived as a contemporary rereading of the original 1964 UCD masterplan, famously penned at his mother’s kitchen table by a young Andrzej Wejchert, the Student Centre shares with its precedents a determined pursuit of progress and a dedication to the enduring benefits of conscientious, punctilious architecture. As both the clients and financial stakeholders, the UCD student body was the decisive design generator. A foil to the grey homogeneity for which the campus is known, as well a host of specific features – from a tournament-grade debating chamber to professional television production facilities – have all been realised at the direct behest of the students.

For a complete tour of the Student Centre, please click here to have a look at the monograph published for its official opening



Program:  11,000 sqm of sporting, academic and social facilities,
Status:  Completed 2013
Client:  University College Dublin
Irish Architecture Awards 2013
Winner of the ‘Public Choice Award’  
Winner of ‘Best Universal Design’
EcoWAN 2012 for sustainability, 
Irish Building and Design Awards 2013
Winner of ‘Interior Architectural Project of the Year’
Finalist for Architectural project of the year
International Green Apple Award-Sustainability
For the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage 2013
Gold Award Winner for UK Educational Establishments
Irish Concrete Society Awards
Shortlisted for Building of the Year 2012/2013 
Surface Design Awards
Finalist for Interior Surface Award




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Date: June 03, 2014