Union Quay Architecture School

Cork City Mapping : Indicated in red is the selected derelict site of former Brooks Haughton Timber/Builders Yard. Other Third Level Institutions, their sporting grounds, and an existing green-way corridor are mapped. The site was selected for its strategic location in terms of river frontage, footfall, proximity to the city center and neighboring Colleges. The location allows for a presence in the cityscape, an announcement, and establishment of the Cork home for Architecture/Arts.

2010 | School of Architecture, Union Quay, Cork
Following large scale analysis, the site of a derelict Brooks Haughton timber/builders yard was chosen for its strategic location in terms of proximity and connectedness to the city centre and other education institutions, and its prominence on a bend of the South Channel of the River Lee. The final proposal set to provide dual aspect studios which allowed for well light and ventilated spaces. Studios connected around a central critique/circulation/exhibition space at each floor which in turn opened out to external terraces. These spaces hovered over a double height space which contained offices, canteen, auditorium and atrium space which aimed to form a continuation of the street throughout the ground floor of the building. A row of existing red brick buildings to the south of the site were re-imagined as a Library Building.

The Building allows for an establishment of a new model for an urban building. As a city campus, it can be penetrated; a city within a city, a reference to Medieval Cork and its pedestrian lanes.  This compliments the change in condition from the front (river) to the rear (Stable Lane). The building is designed to respond to the verticality present in the Cork Streetscapes, and the immediate Georgian Wide Street and accompanying Georgian Terrace. The Georgian Terrace was of particular interest, a large horizontal block which reads vertically. The River/Bridge and proliferation of poles/ tree trunks inform the structure. Wood Curtain Walls and Stone Cladding reference the quay walls, made of cut stone with protective timber post which sometimes form columns to support a deck out over the water. The existing brick terrace onsite was originally constructed to serve as offices to the Existing Yard. It is of architectural merit and therefore is retain/conserved. The three storey element attached to the end of the terrace was not built with the terrace and therefore is to be demolished. 

Student’s architects should be given a permanent area from which to work from for a given period (semester/term). This My Space is a place for them to continuously work on their personal projects.  The My Space can be fitted with personal furniture part of which could be a first year ‘design your own desk project’. Work surfaces should be allowed for a drawing board/computer and sketching/modelling surface simultaneously. Provision for a locker should be allowed for personal items. A floor mounted outlet box should be available for each ‘My Space’ for task lighting and power supply. Spaces should be adequately lit for background lighting, preferably via natural light sources with adequate provision for reducing solar gain. 

Critique/Exhibition Areas + Lecture Rooms:These areas could be joined and/or be manipulated to each other or to studios spaces. Programme should be considered however. Pinup space may be required by all five years on any one day. Lecture space may not be required at the same time as Pinup space as studio may not be required when a Critique/Exhibition is underway.

Specialist Learning:
These areas should be arranged with safety and staffing in mind. Arranged to minimise staff and provide supervision. 

Staff offices are planned as small open plan offices which could be divided by year or expertise. This is closer to the nature of environment of professional practice. Staff may also avail of the library for writing/reading tasks.

Shared Facilities:
 These areas are intended to be used by the additional building(s) (Art School) that occupy the rest of the site (Art School). Allowance should also be made for the sharing of these facilities with other future and or existing urban campus buildings. 

Schedule of Areas for CCAE + Shared Facilities

Studios: 1215m²

1st Studio - 270m² - 60 seats
2nd Studio - 270m² - 60 seats
3rd Studio - 225m² - 50 seats
4th Studio - 225m² - 50 seats
5th Studio - 225m² - 50 seats

Critique/Exhibition Area: 280m²

Crit/Exhibit 1 - 70m²               
Crit/Exhibit 2 - 70m²   
Crit/Exhibit 3 - 70m²   
Crit/Exhibit 4 - 70m²   
Crit/Exhibit 5 - 70m²   

Lecture Rooms: 280m²

Lecture Room 1 - 70m² - 60 seats
Lecture Room 2 - 70m² - 60 seats
Lecture Room 3 - 70m² - 60 seats
Lecture Room 4 - 70m² - 60 seats

Specialist Learning: 745m²       

Model Making/Group Room - 270m² - 60 seats
Workshop - 135m² - 30 seats
IT Room - 100m² - 60 seats
Reprographics/Equipment Store - 100m² - 1 Staff
Photo/Life Studio - 20m² - Adjacent to Repro
Photo/Life Studio - 20m² - Adjacent to Repro
Research Students -100m² - Adjacent to Staff

Staff: 365m²

Office1 - 50m² - 4/5 staff
Office2 - 50m² - 4/5 staff
Office3 - 50m² - 4/5 staff
Office4 - 50m² - 4/5 staff
Office5 - 50m² - 4/5 staff
Meeting Room - 50m²
Meeting Room - 25m²
Administration - 25m² - Adjacent to Library
Admin Store - 15m² - Adjacent to Admin

Arch Net Area: 2885m²

Supporting Areas: 910m²

Toilets: 160m²/5.5% of Net - Divided to Suit
Lifts: 30m²/1% of Net
First Aid: 10m²- Near Workshop
Circulation: 650m²/22.5% of Net
Services/Plant: 60m²/2%

Arch Gross: 3795m²

Shared Facilities: 1550m²

Canteen: 300m²
Exhibition Space: 200m²
Library: 700m²
Storage: 200m²
Auditorium: 150m²

Supporting Areas: 490m²

Toilets: 85m²/5.5% of Net - Divided to Suit
Lifts: 15 m²/1% of Net
First Aid: 10m² - Near Workshop
Circulation: 350m²/22.5% of Net
Services/Plant: 30m²/2%

Shared Facilities Gross: 2040m²

Total Gross: 5835m²