Royal College of Physicians of Ireland competition for architecture students


In 1860 the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) held a competition for the design of a new building at 6 Kildare Street. The College has bought a building that stood on the site of 6 Kildare Street from the Kildare Street Club. However before the College could move in, the building was completely destroyed by fire. The College held a competition, inviting architects to design a new building for the site on Kildare Street, and chose a design submitted by William Murray Junior.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of 6 Kildare Street RCPI is holding this design competition to encourage architecture students to re-imagine a building for today, on the same site, based on the brief of 150 years ago. The competition is open to all architectural students attending college in Ireland, including those who will graduate with Part 2 qualifications in 2014.

The conditions on the site are the same as in 1860. The previous street-facing building had been destroyed by fire and cleared to street level, but the cellars remained. At the back of the site a separate building comprising a large racquet’s court and two smaller rooms (a kitchen and billiard room) was still standing. No specifics were given at the time if this building was to be removed or incorporated into the new design, and so this decision is again left to the individual applicant.

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