Main entrance Dublin City University

Dublin City University
Structural engeneering:
Zap Architecture, London
Schaffitzel Holzindustrie
Year of construction:

Technical data

Technical design:
pillars of Accoya glulam
54 pillars of Accoya glulam with up to 16 meters and with different distances 
Scope of performances:
ZAP Architecture has won the design competition of the entrance from Dublin City University (DCU). The objective of the competition was to the reinvigorate the appearance and functionality of the campus as well bring DCU’s vision and brand expression of Ireland’s University of Enterprise to life. The judges praised the winning entry as a scheme that had “fulfilled all the aspirations of the design brief, creating an exciting, memorable and timeless new main entrance for the University. The jury praised the winners, as their design "meets all expectations by an exciting, memorable and timeless input for the university is created". The artwork was placed between Collins Avenue and on both sides of the entrance of the university. Fifty four posts made from structural glu-laminated Accoya were creatively arranged to complete the installation. At its highest point, the sculpture stands 16 metres above ground level, marking the prominent entrance to the twentieth century institution and home to Ireland’s largest arts centre, The Helix.Pol Gallagher, Creative Director of ZAP Architecture, explained: “The design celebrates the main entrance to DCU in the form of a bold forest of vertical timber elements, broken up by rich green spaces. Our design is about place-making, creating a striking and memorable visual identity for DCU both locally and on the international scene.”Dominik Niewerth, Projekt-Ingenieur of Schaffitzel + Miebach, has enounced proudly: "The Accoya glulam was clamped directly in the ground and we were able to complete the entire work without any steel parts". With a different type of wood that would have been impossible, for a project like this one it was necessary to guarantee longevity. Accoya glulam has a warranty of 50 years in outdoor exposure and 25 years when it is clamped directly in the ground. In conclusion the project symbolizes not only in the representation the international exchange, but also by the successful cooperation in the design and construction of the project itself.

Photos: Accoya® by Accsys Technologies