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materials in detail Granite paving Varying sizes of sett are used to identify changes in use. The lines of the paving also align perfectly with those of the swimming pool, uniting inside with outside. Resin bonded gravel A coarser texture to complement the varying scales of smooth granite paving which mark different outdoor spaces.

Polished basalt The Fitzgerald Chamber is clad is highly polished black gabbro, a coarser-grained variant of basalt. The colour and reflectivity change markedly during the course of the day.

Irish limestone Smooth, flamed slabs with visible fossils are arranged in an undulating, staggered bond to visually break up the larger surfaces.

Sambesi wire mesh Structurally similar to Lago mesh but more transparent, Sambesi is used on the south-facing façade to regulate control the ingress of solar heat. With an open area of 42%, the mesh admits more heat when the sun is lowest.

White terrazzo A durable and beautiful composite of white Carrara marble set in white cement and inlaid with mother of pearl.

Terrazzo tiles (red/yellow) Vivid accents to the white and grey terrazzo floors, made from crushed glass set in pigment-dyed resin.

Grey terrazzo An aggregate of Bardiglio Imperiale grey marble set in light grey cement, polished to a vitreous finish.

Aluminium cladding (green/red/yellow) A highly reflective surface (85% gloss) which encases the most distinctive volumes and contributes to their acoustic isolation.

Lago wire mesh Another particularly industrial material, this stainless steel mesh has a dense geometric layout which oscillates between reflectivity and opacity depending on light and the viewer’s position.

Board-marked concrete A material which visually expresses how it was made: an organic effect achieved in a man-made material.

COR-TEN Used in the external landscaping, COR-TEN is a steel alloy which strengthens and develops a stable reddish patina over time. The colour and weathering process is analogous to the autumnal shades of the planting scheme. 100

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A Day in the Life: UCD Student Centre by Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners  

A Day in the Life is a simple book about a complex building. The title comes from the body of research which prefaced the new Student Centre...

A Day in the Life: UCD Student Centre by Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners  

A Day in the Life is a simple book about a complex building. The title comes from the body of research which prefaced the new Student Centre...

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