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
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
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.
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.
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.
A local arts centre 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.