John Paul II Library NUI, Maynooth

  • Client: National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Architect: Scott Tallon Walker
  • Value(€ million): €20m
  • Completion date: 2012
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

The redevelopment of John Paul II Library on the south campus involved a 6,000m2 extension to the existing library facility.

The redevelopment delivers a 10,000m2 state of the art library facility designed with natural ventilation and a high surface finish.  The project involved campus wide infrastructure works in the linkage of the north and south campus through roadworks on the Kilcock Road. The new library building is a three storey building with plantrooms at roof level. Down the central spine of the building is a lightwell atrium. This atrium space connects the new and existing library buildings.

The structure consists of precast coffer slabs at each suspended floor level supported on a precast and insitu frame. The precast columns supporting the structure are at a grid of 6.5m c/c.  The precast structure was fabricated using steel moulds.

The external façade consists of two glazing façades. In-between these glazing façades are timber louvers and an access walkway at floor level. The louvers can rotate to reduce solar glare and heating of the internal space.

The quality of finish achieved and uniformity of details are both simplistic and elegant in appearance. The alignment and sharpness of the joints in the soffit of the slab indicate the high tolerance levels and fabrication achieved.

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