Mardyke Sports Arena
Mardyke, Cork City
The siting of this building within the existing sports grounds fulfils the colleges requirements for a high profile, integrated, collegiate facility which would interact fully with the range of outdoor facilities already in place and promote sporting excellence as an integral part of its overall education philosophy.
A key element identified in the design philosophy of this building was that it should be seen in contemporary terms that are forward looking yet respectful of the past, paying due respect to the historic fabric of the Mardyke in which it exists. The design concept, in direct response to site constraints, develops a linear arrangement of all the primary sporting facilities contained within the brief linked by an efficient circulation element.