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The Tony Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship was set up in conjunction with Dublin City University as a centre to train entrepreneurs in management skills and advanced technology.
The Academy is conceived as a building for the 21st Century, environmentally friendly building with minimal C02 emissions. The building uses natural ventilation, deep overhangs and adjustable and automatic shading to reduce the requirements for artificial lighting and air conditioning, dramatically reducing the energy consumption of the building, in stark contrast to a "typical" building of this nature.
The building is architecturally concerned as a great glazed hall, elevated above the landscape to which are attached the lecture theatres in the form of tall titanium shells. The open planned Great Glazed Hall was conceived as a great meeting space, in which students could "gather to develop ideas" and "build networks", while engaging with mentors, coaches and experts. The education process of the Academy was conceived by the Client to be generated by the students, as much as the Curriculum and teachers. This glazed hall contains reading and meeting areas, seminar rooms, library, offices and a canteen that opens out onto a timber deck. The large glazed areas are shaded from the sun by deep overhangs and automatic shading blinds, resulting in a very pleasant interior regardless of the weather.
The titanium clad lecture theaters sit to the west of the campus. They are set in a water pool, which assists in dramatically reflecting sunlight off the titanium shells. By design, the height and volume of the lecture halls create a stack ventilation system, which alleviates the need for air conditioning. Air is cooled as it is drawn over the water pool to ventilate the Academy. The theatres buck the black box tradition of the lecture hall and are bathed in indirect daylight from rooflights.