Oisin House Student Accommodation Oisin House Student Accommodation

Oisin House Student Accommodation

Bennett Construction are the design & build contractor on this public works contract. The new purpose built student accommodation will comprise 250 bed spaces, disability services, retail units, a health unit, sports and recreation facilities and Estates & Facilities support space once complete. The overall floor area will be 12,110 square meters and the building will be six floors high.

Oisín House will be built on Pearse Street to provide 250 student rooms over a Health and Sports Centre for Trinity College. The project is bedded in its Dublin location, yet is a contemporary interpretation of that environment, working to make a new vernacular for the city. The courtyard plan can be seen as a strategic extension to the sequence of Trinity squares, yet it also acts as a public city square and will serve as a public gateway between the College and the city, bringing increased life to this relatively dead section of Pearse Street.

The form is like a granite rock with an undulating stone roof folded and shaped, reflecting the mountains in distant view to the South and, at close quarters, a grouping of ordinary Georgian roofs glimpsed in the city. It feels like a solid mass externally excavated and penetrated by routes and ways through. Its materiality reflects its form and location - a board-marked concrete working plinth supporting a granite upper world - which descends to ground floor to encase it externally, revealing the concrete core at key moments.


Project Details
Client: Trinity College Dublin
Size: 12,110m2
Architect: McCullough Mulvin Architects and O Mahony Pike Architects
Surveyor: Linesight
Cost: 40 million
Location: Ireland