Located amongst the rolling hills and drumlins of North County Meath the form and materiality of this passive home are derived from the features of the surrounding landscape.
The layout is centred around a large double height living space. Varying floor levels differentiate zones for eating, cooking and relaxing. Picture windows puncture the slate exterior to frame the spectacular views.
Status: Completed 2018
This mid-terraced brick house was in poor repair and suffering from severe damp ingress. A few simple architectural interventions; moving the stairs, exposing the original brick structure and the addition of new roof lights have transformed this bright modern home.
Contractor: Vincent Walsh
Photography: Kieran Ryan
Status: Completed 2019
This semi detached property was lived in by the clients family since it was built in the 1970s. The brief was to create a space suitable for contemporary life whilst respecting the rich character of this home. Key items such as the brightly coloured sanitary ware and original built in furniture were carefully set aside for reuse in the project.
The challenge was not to find more space but to get the existing house working better for our client. The works were restricted to the footprint of the existing dwelling. The ground floor was opened up by moving the bathroom to the front of the house, creating a large bright living space overlooking the park to the rear of the property.
A playful exterior comprising of green timber screening and handmade tiles is contrasted by exposed timber joists and subtle natural finishes internally.
Photographer: Aisling McCoy
Contractor: Paul O’Connor
Status: Completed 2018
This project, a two storey stone cottage from the 1700's presented us with a challenge. A 20th century concrete extension had started to subside, and tear away from the original structure, resulting in structural cracks and damp ingress.
Due to poor ground conditions and a tight budget, the decision was made to demolish the extension, and reduce the total floor area by a third. The thick internal stone walls at ground floor level left small rooms, better suited as bedrooms and bathrooms.
Moving the living spaces upstairs, and raising the ceiling to the roof structure has created a large bright open plan living space which takes advantage of the evening light.
Contractor: Tommy Forrestal
Photography: Kieran Ryan
Status: On Site
This new family home is located in County Meath on an insular rural site, bound by a dense hedgerow.
The overall design is a contemporary take on the formal Irish country house. The main living spaces are carefully placed to capture sunlight throughout the entire day.
There is a simple palette of materials; white render, concrete and slate throughout.
The main living space of this family home is characterised by a series of brick barrel vaults resting on exposed concrete beams. Over the kitchen, a vault is punctured by a large skylight creating a dramatic moment while ensuring maximum light entry. The coupling of brick, both exposed and painted, with blonde timber and polished concrete floors adds to the natural feel of this space.
Located in Booterstown, this semi-detached home required expansion and upgrading to suit contemporary living. The design retained the majority of the ground floor plan with the hallway and both reception rooms kept intact.
A new modest extension and further conversion of the garage allows for a generous kitchen / dining space, utility and shower room. A polished concrete floor defines the renovated areas and creates continuity through the series of spaces. Frameless sliding doors allow for the spaces to be open plan whilst allowing for separation if needed.
The form of the single storey extension is sympathetic to the neighbouring property. An undulating roof recedes to the side of the party wall to minimise any overshadowing on the neighbour's side. Cleverly placed rooflights take full advantage of the roof’s varying pitches to ensure maximum light entry to the kitchen below.
Internally the exposed roof joists highlight the roof’s undulations and offer a more stimulating space by expressing the playfulness of the roof.
Externally, an exposed ring beam sets a datum and standardises opening heights, marrying the proposed and existing. To tie in with the existing house, the extension is finished in pebbledash below the concrete datum.
The Complex, “Dublin’s north side live arts centre for adventurous artists and audiences” required a new home for their performance space, gallery and artist's studios in Dublin's market district.
Our design intent was to retain the character of the area and to meet the extensive brief with minimal adjustments to the original warehouse structures, whilst establishing a clear brand identity for the arts centre.
This early Georgian terrace dwelling located in Dublin City Centre, has been carefully renovated to become a contemporary home preserving any original features. The majority of the dwelling was rebuilt after a fire in the 1980's. The design was configured around the existing steel structure from the 1980's.
Original brickwork has been exposed and restored and a new central stairwell allows light deep into the plan. The living spaces have been moved to the top floors to capture light and a roof garden allows expansive views over the city.
Our proposal for a rural craft distillery on the West coast of Ireland builds from the vernacular language of the site. Existing farm buildings are reimagined as the storehouse and administrative buildings.
A new corrugated addition centred around a large light well, focuses the attention on the copper still inside.
Located in Clifden, Galway, this terraced townhouse is in the client's family since construction in the 1940s. The house has been uninhabited over the last decade and requires a full renovation to avoid dereliction and bring the property up to today’s standards. The intended works will make this home as efficient and energy conscious as possible working with the constraints of the existing structure.
The proposed front façade respects the existing proportions but highlight the house’s contemporary transformation. The rear of the house compiled numerous additions over the years in the form of lean-to structures which compromise the quality of the spaces in the existing house.
By grouping service spaces and relocating them to the plumber’s workshop at the side of the house, the original ground floor of the house is allowed to contain the living spaces. The removal of several partitions on the ground floor transform the compartmentalised home into a contemporary, open planned space. Sliding screens allow for the closing down of the open spaces to cosier contained rooms when necessary.
The existing first floor layout suited the design brief and was left unaltered barring the addition of new bathrooms. This project highlights that reducing area can improve the quality of the space.
Status: Tender 2018
This project comprises works to a small terraced house in West Dublin, lacking storage and space for dining.
The ground floor was reconfigured to allow for a bright and generous kitchen, creating a new dining area overlooking the garden. The original stairs were opened up, allowing the whole ground floor to function as one large space.