Colaiste Eoin is a prominent secondary Irish language Gaelcholaiste for boys located off the N11 motorway in Booterstown, Co. Dublin. Sharing the large suburban campus with it’s sister school Colaiste Iosagain, an all-girls irish language secondary school, the site hosts a number of educational buildings and extensive sports facilities for students. The project proposes an extension to the main school building designed by award winning Grafton Architects in 2001.
The works will consist of a three-story extension to accommodate the growing numbers of students and provide state of the art classroom facilities for a range of subjects. OBFA’s design will see the existing handball alley demolished and replaced with a fully equipped Woodwork Room and associated preparatory room at ground floor level as well as two classrooms and resource room at first floor level. The upper floors will house full-sized experimental laboratories including preparatory rooms and secure stores with a total area 565 sqm. A special interest was taken in designing a visually striking façade which honours the language of the existing buildings and provides generous amounts of natural light into teaching spaces through floor to ceiling windows.