Dublin school

In responding to the brief, we have attempted to address some of the issues that can often make sports halls, intimidating and unwelcoming buildings. The need for large spaces often results in massive, unyielding buildings that do little to encourage those already anxious about getting involved in sports to enter them.

Our solution is to create a building that, through considered use of smaller scale elements, becomes a welcoming and comfortable space to enter and to be in. The main architectural feature of the plan is the cloister surrounding a walled garden that can allow for informal outdoor teaching or act simply as a secure break out space. The cloisters act as both generous circulation space and provide seating for contemplation and reflection.