Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland

Mid-Eastern Regional Innovation Think Space

The new, purpose built, co-working incubation and accelerator space for technology entrepreneurs and technology businesses will partner directly with Maynooth University to extend and enhance the technology ecosystem in the region.

The space will provide the co-working community with the supports and networks that technology entrepreneurs and businesses need to start, grow and internationalise. Access to shared innovation tools, partnerships and connections with Maynooth University will enhance these opportunities.

The building is set out over two storeys with inflections on the ground floor to indicate entrances and more public areas. Facilities include co-working spaces, café, conferencing and meeting facilities.

The roof profile is faceted and rises to a high point above the void space. This pitch gives significance to the building scale while respecting the adjoining two storey neighbours to the north. It also allows for a higher floor to ceiling height within the conference room/ function and main circulation space.

The building is conceived as light structure with a light skin of insulated cladding panels and aluminium panels with fenestration in between. The alternate rhythm of solid to void takes clues from Áras Chill Dara opposite. Aluminium side panels within the window frame allow for user operated ventilation.

Team: DBFL (Transport, Structural, Drainage and Flooding Consultants) / MMP (Cost) / Ethos Engineering (M&E)