Printing House Square - Open House Dublin 2024

Printing House Square

Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2

Dates & Times
  • Sunday 15th October:
  • 2pm – 2.45pm
  • 3pm – 3.45pm
  • 4pm – 4.45pm
Tour type
  • Building Tour

McCullough Mulvin Architects

Printing House Square on Pearse Street provides 250 student bedrooms clustered in groups of 6-8 sharing a kitchen/common room, over a Health and Sports Centre for Trinity College. The courtyard plan is a strategic extension of the existing sequence of Trinity squares. It also acts as a new public city square and gateway between the College and the city, bringing increased life to this impenetrable section of Pearse Street. The form is like a granite rock with a distinctive undulating stone roof, on the grander scale reflecting the mountains in distant view to the South and, at closer quarters, a grouping of ordinary Georgian roofs in the city. The building’ materiality reflects its form and location with a board-marked concrete working plinth supporting a granite clad upper world. Occasional glimpses are provide from the courtyard down to the basement levels below.

The building also establishes a strong formal and material relationship between contemporary architecture and historic fabric. The architecture folds down to provide a more intimate context around the Printing House. New windowless gables are articulated as moulded planes setting the Printing House’s Classica temple architecture in a rocky landscape setting, allowing it to retain precedence in views from New Square and the steps of the Library.

Meeting point: Printing House Square. This tour is pre-book only.

Accessibility Information

Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Toilets
Easy Read information (designed for people with intellectual disabilities, people who can’t read well, and people whose first language is not English)

Photography Credit
© Ros Kavanagh


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