The Arts Building provides teaching facilities for over 200 academic staff and 3700 graduates and undergraduates, incorporating the Faculties of Arts Humanities, Arts Letters, Economics and Social Studies.
Adjoining Nassau Street, and together with the Berkeley Library and the Old Library (Thomas Burgh, 1972), the Arts Building forms the enclosure to Fellows’ Square.
The original brief posed the problem of increasing the volume and density of the College whilst maintaining its present scale and character. The result is an unusually compact, deep plan building with its height restricted to below that of the Old Library opposite. The accommodation is distributed over five floors. The lower two levels contain large lecture theatres, including the 400 seat Edmund Burke Hall and other non-departmental elements such as the Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Lecky Library. A main concourse connects these spaces.
The top floors house the staff rooms and offices, as well as smaller lecture and seminar rooms. These are organised as clusters of accommodation arranged in large areas of flexible floor space. The deep plan floors are penetrated by internal courts and indents and are stepped in section, to allow light and air to penetrate to the central areas.
In the 2000s, ABK Architects was commissioned to add another floor above the roof, and carry out renovation works throughout the whole building.
Tours at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
- Accessible first and second floor entrance. The Main Front Entrance is accessible due to a ramp being provided and the entrance to the coffee dock on level 1 is on level access.
- The upper floors are served by 4 staircases at different points in the building, a platform lift and a passenger lift.
- Accessible toilets on all floors.
- Wheelchair Accessible.
- Suitable for Children
- Assistance Dogs Welcome