The RIAI hosted an international architectural design competition to design a new sports hall for Loreto Abbey Dalkey Secondary School. Ambient Architecture emerged as the winning entry for this 2 stage competition. Construction started in November 2013 and was completed in January 2015. Ambient Architecture teamed up with Quinn Barnwall Buggy Architects for the realisation of the project.
The design idea originated from the different angles, sizes and alignments of the existing sport pitches. Following this the building itself is the result of 3 distinct cubic volumes, broken down in height and fanned out into different allignments.
The 2 storey glazed entrance of the new sports hall is highly visible on approach from the main entrance of Loreto Abbey. A large pedestrianised area increases traffic safety at the main entrance.
As you enter the building the circulation space angles around the sports hall, with different functions accessed off the circulation. The changing rooms can be accessed from inside or from the outside.
The entrance hall is representative with a reception desk and can be used for school functions and ceremonies.
The circulation spaces have 2 storey light shaft connections to the first floor where the different angles of the arrangements can be observed.
As you reach the first floor via a feature staircase, the breathtaking setting of the site can be fully appreciated with large glazing to take in the views over Dalkey Island. From this upper landing the terrace, fitness and gallery space can be accesed.
This lobby is at the most prominent part of the building with views over the Irish Sea. From here the gym, outdoor terrace and multi-function room can be accessed. It serves as a space for gathering, refreshments, functions and ceremonies.
The view can not be described by words.
In the fitness room state of the art machines await the students with views over the sea.
The upper floor access corridor doubles as a viewing platform for activities in the main sportshall.