Printing House Square - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

Printing House Square

McCullough Mulvin
Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 2pm – 2.30pm |
  • 3pm – 3.30pm |
  • 4pm – 4.30pm
Booked Out
The building’s form is like a granite rock with a distinctive undulating stone roof - reflecting the mountains in distant view to the South and, at closer quarters, a grouping of ordinary Georgian roofs in the city.

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’s materiality reflects its form and location with a board-marked concrete working plinth supporting a granite clad upper world. Occasional glimpses are provided 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 Classical temple architecture in a rocky landscape setting, allowing it to retain precedence in views from New Square and the steps of the Berkeley Library.

Meeting Point: The front of the portico of the old printing house


Accessibility Information

Universally accessible externally and internally.


Photography Credit
© Ros Kavanagh

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