Trinity Long Room Hub, Frameless Glazed Screens

Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

  • Country: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Architect: McCullough Mulvin Architects
  • Main contractor: Michael McNamara & Co. Limited

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KCC Architectural supplied and installed a range of frameless glazed screens (and armour plate door) overlooking the void of the internal light well over four floors at the Long Room Hub in Trinity College, Dublin.

The new Long Room Hub in Trinity College was completed in 2010. It was built to accommodate a team working on the digitisation of the treasures of Trinity’s Old Library: a vital component of the plan to open the significant Manuscript and Early Printed Books collections of the Library to the world. The Hub also houses research facilities for post-doctoral students, offices for international Visiting Research Fellows, seminar rooms and space for lectures, conferences, symposia and colloquia.

The building perches on the end of the Arts Block, closing the square and framing the view to Front Square over the roof of the 1937 Reading Room. The unique design, by mcculloughmulvin architects, is a narrow rectangular form with higher rooflights creating shafts of light in the centre of the four floors.

KCC designed, manufactured and installed bespoke reinforced steel framing to anchor the frameless glazed screens system to the floor slab.

This special framing was also needed to safely accommodate the heavy 19.5mm toughened laminated glass required, satisfying all building regulations and health & safety regulations.

A special feature on two of the screen elevations is the LCD privacy glass utilised, which turns from clear to opaque at the touch of a switch.