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Trinity Long Room Hub. The new Humanities Research Building in Trinity College, 1,300 sq m area, The Long Room Hub, is a platform for the 21st century Irish university sector focus on achieving world-class status, the latest phase in a built process which commenced with the Ussher Library and continues as an on-going Masterplanning and Feasibility study by McCullough Mulvin on behalf of Trinity College Dublin, a Protected Structure, for the library complex. It is a space for thinking, for making soaring linkages.The site for this project is in Fellows Square at the heart of the most historic part of Trinity College; the rectangular building form- four stories high with higher rooflights penetrating the volume to form shafts of light- perches on the end of the Arts Block, closing the square and framing the view to Front Square over the roof of the 1937 Reading Room. The new building is seen as a powerhouse of ideas; the honeycomb granite surface is broken and imprecise; it floats over the existing fabric; the canons of light crash through the form, disturbing expectations and creating zones and double heights for work and research. Its character is formed by its thin-ness; it can be seen through from side to side, the external envelope broken by recesses forming balconies and external spaces. The building has been designed to accommodate a team working on the digitisation of the treasures of Trinity’s Old Library: a vital component of the plan to open the significant Manuscript and Early Printed Books collections of the Library to the world. The building also houses research facilities for post-doctoral students, offices for international Visiting Research Fellows, seminar rooms and space for lectures, conferences, symposia and colloquia.