Open House Tours

UL Medical School and Residences


1.15pm, Sunday October 20th
1hr 15min tour led by Architect Séamus Bairéad of A2 Architects
FREE, First Come Basis
Disabled Access


North Campus, University of Limerick
Architect: Grafton Architects, 2013


Global Visionaries: Showcasing Limerick as a global crossroads where visionary people and places resonate.

Tour includes the Medical Building (Finalist RIBA Stirling Prize 2013) & Residences which combine to form a public space.

The University of Limerick, occupies a large territory, formerly a Demesne, and is situated on both sides of the lower reaches of the river Shannon, the longest and largest river in Ireland. Part of its most recent expansion to the north of this great river, accessible by pedestrian bridge from the existing campus, provides for the construction of a new medical school building and accommodation buildings for students attending the facility.

These new buildings are also intended to address a large public open space which will ultimately become the focal point for this expansion of the campus to the North. This new suite of buildings combines with three existing, neighbouring institutions, the Sports Pavillion, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Health Sciences Building, in order to make a new public space.
In response to the deep plan, the roof-form is modulated to light multiple spaces, including the central circulation space, the clinical skills labs, the corridors, and a small roof terrace.

An open central stair connecting all of the primary spaces, threads through all levels of the interior, designed as a social space with enough room to stop and chat or lean on a balustrade / shelf and view the activity of the entrance and other spaces above and below. 

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