Athlone Institute of Technology opens new addition by McCullough Mulvin Architects
Dublin-based design studio McCullough Mulvin Architects recently celebrated the official opening of its latest project: a stunning new Engineering and Informatics Building at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). The sleek facility stretches over a generous 11,000 sq m and will provide an engaging learning environment for AIT’s 1,000 students enrolled in mechanical, renewable and sustainable engineering, electronics and software engineering, polymer engineering, civil and construction engineering programmes.
Rectangular forms provide the basis of McCullough Mulvin’s design, as rectangular courtyards are sliced into the main rectangular volume: a form mirrored in the slim windows which have been positioned randomly across the façade. Internally, vibrant citrus hues provide a stimulating environment for the students in the stairways and corridors in contrast to the tranquil lecture halls which sport bare wooden fronds across the walls and ceilings.
An environmentally responsive building envelope encases the Engineering and Informatics Building, topped with a sloped metal roof and punctuated with green-tinted glass inserts which provide glimpses of the courtyard spaces within. Classrooms are situated to the front of the building and double-height laboratories placed at the rear, connected through a circulation spine.
Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of AIT, has referred to the new volume as ‘a landmark on campus, not just in terms of its physical presence, the technology it embodies, but the partnerships it is helping to build and develop. Having a state-of-the-art facility such as this is greatly aiding our ambition to be a college of choice for Irish and international students. Significantly, it positions the School of Engineering to the forefront of engineering education in Ireland’.
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