The emphasis of the studio group work project in fourth year Architectrural technology Semester 1 (2018) was adaptive reuse and the concept of “premature demolition”* of urban buildings. Students worked in groups of six to explore principles of retrofit, refurbishment, conservation and heritage.
This year, the study building was located at 9-10 Fenian St. Dublin 2, an existing 1960’s speculative office structure. Access to the building was kindly provided by Quanta Capital.
The students first carried out a detailed measured survey of the building and site with valuable input from Year 4 Geomatics students from the DIT School of Surveying & Construction Management. Following this, three professional architects, from a range of backgrounds and practices, worked with the groups on the hypothetical refurbishment of the building. Martyna Lebryk, GOKU Architects, and Mark Kilkenny Architects kindly provided their time and expertise.
Over the course of the project, workshops with industry experts from structural, mechanical and electrical, fire, and compliance disciplines were held. Arup provided civil and structural reviews, Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers provided MEP input, I3PT presented on quality assurance and compliance risks, Murphy Surveys advised students on the latest surveying technology, and Andrew O’ Rourke Fire Engineer reviewed the proposed fire engineering designs.
The intention of the project was to explore, in depth, the topics of best utilisation of urban land, facade replacement, embodied carbon, structural modification, minimum-viable servicing, and general creative retention of buildings. Students and groups were able to scrutinise, debate, and document these areas which resulted in three unique responses to the project brief.