OBFA is working with The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) to upgrade its historic buildings for 21st century creative and educational use. As a former distillery site in the heart of Dublin 8, NCAD plays a core role in the life of artists, designers, the creative industries and the wider community in one of the oldest parts of the city. Our work respects the central role the campus plays in the heart of that community, while also aiming to bring the capabilities of the buildings, and the spaces in which they occupy, up to modern standards to enhance the creative life of everyone who is a part of NCAD.
The names of the buildings on campus in NCAD evoke the history of the site, from The Clock Building to The Granary and everything in between. The campus has been creatively influenced by its art and design inhabitants who have included guerrilla gardening across parts of this urban site. OBFA’s design aims to respect the history, while updating the buildings and the spaces they occupy for 21st century life on campus. The Masterplan design includes enhanced urban realm including new entrance gates to improve accessibility for students, lecturers (many of whom are practicing professional artists) and the wider campus community.