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Virus Reference Laboratory

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McCullough Mulvin Architects
location Dublin
function education, laboratorium
contributed by ArchDublin

This extension to the Virus Reference Laboratory was built on a restricted site in University College Dublin. It plays a significant role in the relationship between the central university buildings and the surrounding landscape, in particular the lake directly below it. Laid out with offices above and a laboratory, canteen and meeting facility on the ground floor, it is everywhere concerned with being in landscape and with the interpretation of landscape. At a local level, one side is framed by a rational triangular shape on the ground plane - the inner edge is intimately tied around a small Japanese garden. The plan is simple: open space with a coloured core which can be glimpsed in the round as one moves around the building. Additional height to parapets gives it a cube-like proportional muscularity: the elevations are clad in a skin of abstract interlocking and overlapping shapes in which glazing and timber panels project and recede from the main surface.

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Virus Reference Laboratory
University College Dublin Belfield
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Completion 2003
ArchitectMcCullough Mulvin Architects
Client UCD
Project ID 33278
Latitude/Longitude 53°18'17N 06°13'18W
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