heneghan peng architects

Student Housing Maynooth University | Ireland

Co. Kildare, Ireland

The proposal for student housing is based on a three-sided quad which allows a chain of interlinked quads to be formed, switching direction to respond to orientation or existing buildings.

The massing of the new student apartments is organised with the highest building, seven storeys addressing the University Broadwalk, becoming a focal point at the north end of the campus. The courtyards then gradually step down to the north to link with the scale, volume, and spatial structure of the existing apartment complex.

Using the repetitious module of the apartment, the three-sided courtyard house is created which allows similar buildings to be combined to make a variety of spaces. The flexibility of the courtyard house allows for buildings to be adjusted on the site without affecting the integrity of the whole, thus allowing an efficient use of land.

Fact sheet


National University of Ireland, Maynooth


400 Bed Spaces


2009 (Competition)


Schematic Design


Co. Kildare, Ireland



Roughan O’Donovan

Building Services

Varming Consulting Engineers


Bruce Shaw



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