CRANN Nano Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin

CRANN Nano Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin


The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) will develop tools and techniques to build new structures and devices at an atomic level. The impact of this new technology includes next generation microelectronics technologies and new drug delivery systems. RKD Architects have designed this dynamic facility to meet the needs of its high tech requirements while addressing the city and acting as a new entrance for the northeast corner of Trinity College Dublin.

The building comprises a series of academic laboratories, associated clean rooms, offices, stores and accommodation for visiting staff. The various facilities are housed in a 6-storey over basement level building and includes a 200-person lecture theatre and an inviting public science gallery. The main entrance to the CRANN Research Centre is located along Pearse Street within a two-storey, pedestrian concourse space referred to as “The Millennium Gate”.

This welcoming entrance is identified by a double height space with structural glazing. Above the entrance gate is an opaque glazed box that accommodates one of the science gallery's display areas. The Pearse Street elevation comprises office floor accommodation and a stone clad vertical circulation core. This core marks the entrance to "The Millennium Gate" for pedestrian access to the Trinity campus.

A transparent elevation on the north facing facade along Pearse Street allows the interior of the building to address the street and to create a focal point for passers-by. A ground floor cafe with art display space and a student gym give the building a vibrant feel at the pedestrian level. In contrast to the north-facing elevation, the south-facing facade incorporates the use of patented copper cladding with horizontal window bands to add a stylish finish to the exterior of the building.

Additional information is available on the Science Gallery website.


6,440 sq. m.