The new Trinity Business School building supports activities of the TCD School of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The state-of-the-art building, located on campus in Dublin city, is approximately 12,000m2 over 7 storeys and houses lecture theatres, teaching space, offices and study space, ‘smart’ classrooms with the latest digital technology and a rooftop conference room.
Entrances to the new Business School from Pearse Street and the campus are at ground floor level and give access to a triangular atrium space which provides break-out space and an exhibition area, access to the upper level of the 600-seater auditorium and informal meeting and gathering space.
Stairs and passenger lifts give access to all lower and upper floors. A 200-seater restaurant/ catering facility is provided within the ground floor space of the Period Buildings along Pearse Street and in the ground floor section of the new building adjacent.
A feature helical staircase within the atrium gives access to the upper basement level where the lower level of the main auditorium and the undergraduate 200 seat raked auditorium are located.
Sustainability is at the heart of the new building and key design features include low energy ventilation systems, motion and time-controlled LED-based lighting and rainwater harvesting. Some 500sq m of photovoltaic panels are installed on the roof contribute to the electrical provision of the building and offsetting 35 tonnes of carbon per annum. Water for toilets are provided by recycled rainwater.
A 70m2 living wall is located on Pearse Street and comprises of seven different species of plants carefully selected to suit its north-eastern aspect. The Business School’s southern aspect is equally environmentally friendly and green due to the installation of a very large Brise Soleil. These planted horizontal brise-soleil screens reduce heat gain within the atrium space of the building by deflecting sunlight.