The objective for this development is to establish a unifying centre connecting the Gateway to the established UCD lakeside centre. It is around this central heart that the gateway is to be developed, flowing organically around the new green heart the buildings and their associated urban spaces establish new patterns of connectivity.
The heart of the university is transformed to a central landscaped park. This green heart becomes a moreintensive and active landscape element, ordering the new urban structures around it. Primarily public open space, the green heart is the setting for an exhibition centre, which is seen as the key cultural
building. The other cultural components are located around the edge of this park.
Public open space is the key issue. A hierarchy of public open spaces revolving around the central green heart is to be established. This provides a rich range of urban and non-urban public space and the necessary settings to transform this
institution into a genuine meeting place.
At the centre, the green heart offers the setting collective activity; at the same time it is the opportunity to be alone in the centre of the university. Flowing around the green heart are the public boulevards and avenues connecting the gateway to the university and all of the cultural elements. Within the urban structures of the gateway the urban context comprises plaza courtyards and streets, meeting places for the specific gateway activities. Beyond the busy centre the residential quarter the existing university structure. The avenues, courtyards and squares provide a domestic setting for the everyday lives of the students in residence.