The Dr. Tony Ryan Academy of Entrepreneurship, set up in conjunction with Dublin City University, is a centre to train entrepreneurs in management skills and advanced technology. The Academy consists of two lecture theatres with a capacity for one hundred people each, together with reading and meeting areas, library, seminar rooms, offices and a canteen. Open planned, naturally lit and ventilated, this is an environmentally friendly building with minimal C02 emissions.
The building is architecturally conceived as a great glazed hall, elevated above the landscape, to which are attached the lecture theatres in the form of tall titanium shells. The Titanium clad lecture theatres are set in a water pool to dramatically reflect sunlight. By design, the height and volume of the lecture halls create a stack effect ventilation system, which alleviates the need for air conditioning.
The single storey block contains reading and meeting areas, seminar rooms, library, offices and a canteen that opens out onto a timber deck. The large glazed areas are shaded from the sun by deep overhangs and automatic shading blinds, resulting in a very pleasant interior regardless of the weather.