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31 Carysfort Road House by ODOS Architects situated in Dalkey, Ireland | The Hardt
31 Carysfort Road House by ODOS Architects situated in Dalkey, Ireland. Originally No. 31 Carysfort Road was a mid-terrace, one bedroom dwelling, with a single story rear return and small back garden. Our brief was to refurbish the existing dwelling and improve the connection between living areas and the limited external space while providing as much extra floor space as possible. The tight site conditions along with the strict planning constraints quickly defined the parameters within which we could work, but also began to suggest the basic form and shape of the new rear extension. This new structure was conceived as a simple form which connected at ground floor level with the rear of the main house. Its ground floor rear elevation is completely open to provide a full height glazed connection to the rear courtyard while a similar opening is provided at a high level to allow south light to penetrate deep into the building plan over the adjoining roofscape. In front of this high-level clerestory, a small office or study area has been provided on the mezzanine, looking down into the new living area below.
In order to ensure the new structure to the rear would not be visible over the ridge lines of adjoining structures, the rear extension has been partially sunk into the ground resulting in a complexity of form and volume both internally & externally. Externally this new structure is formed by a fair-faced concrete shell and a negative joint or external ‘shadow gap’ has been provided around its sides and base, helping it to hover over the rear courtyard and assert its own unique status within the surrounding context. A single door provides access to the rear courtyard which has been given a glazed external finish, sitting flush with the adjoining fixed, frameless glazing section. Internally, a black terrazzo floor has been used throughout, set against white walls, ceilings and recessed, flush finishing units. The front bathroom walls are clad entirely with full height honed basalt stone slabs. The rear courtyard has been finished with simple white gravel and contains a fair-faced concrete deck/dog kennel and a mature olive tree.
Photos courtesy: Barbara Corsico
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Rustic House by Urban Agency located in Kerry, Ireland | The Hardt
Rustic House by Urban Agency located in Kerry, Ireland. How to design and build a project that will take a few decades to complete “on time” for its owner retirement plan? In this project, aging and weathering serve as a critical design tool for thinking about how architecture might intercept the changing state of weathering on site. On a sloping rural site with views over the land, the form and orientation of an existing cottage generate two further, similar buildings, which offer a more complete inhabitation of the ground. The first, a south-facing bedroom emerges from the hill; the second, a bathroom with double height shower of traditional Moroccan construction is largely contained within it. The three buildings are connected by a subterranean rooflit corridor whose walls retain the earth. These are sheds, entirely made out of in situ concrete (walls and roofs) and finished with natural rust iron pigments usually used for gardening, making reference in color and form to vernacular construction.
© Paul Tierney
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Located in Spanishcove, Co. Cork, Ireland, House at Goleen by Níall McLaughlin Architects | The Hardt
Located in Spanishcove, Co. Cork, Ireland, House at Goleen by Níall McLaughlin Architects. The 3,229 ft² (300 m²) house is formed of a series of linear pavilions set parallel to the original house. The pavilions step down the 5.2 ft (1.6m) fall of the site creating a meandering path through the house from the entrance on the west to the living space and sea views to the east. The existing house had suffered the abuse of the local climate and haphazard development over a period of years resulting in a fragmented plan and disjointed appearance. The clients brief was straightforward; to retain part of the original structure and to provide additional accommodation and landscaping fit for the quality of the site. The site is located in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Sea views and rugged yet lush landscapes combine with fast-changing skies and wild deep blue seas. The site faces the sea to the east. The existing house was set between a steep rock face to the north and a small stream to the South. The access road winds down the cliff from the west to the house. To the east along gently sloping lawn stretches seaward towards the rocky coastline.
Outside of the local development boundary and set just below one of Europe’s most scenic roads, the character of the views and the landscape seen from the land around the house and the sea had to be maintained. The local design guide proposed traditional or vernacular forms as acceptable but was clear that designs of exceptional quality with an emphasis on energy efficiency offering diversity in design would be acknowledged. The house is formed of a series of linear pavilions set parallel to the original house. The pavilions step down the 1.6m fall of the site creating a meandering path through the house from the entrance on the west to the living space and sea views to the east. The form of the existing cottage influenced the design of the new structures and its ridge was used as a datum that defines the heights of the new buildings. A series of pitched roofs are staggered across the site creating pockets of space forming semi-enclosed courtyards. At the end of the journey, a large terrace reveals spectacular views of the cliffs, the sea and the islands of West Cork. Guest bedrooms are located in the refurbished cottage. Visitors pass through a glass link into the first of the limestone buildings, the first of which accommodates the master bedroom and bathroom.
The second limestone pavilion contains the dining room and kitchen. The final pavilion is broken into two parts, one for the living room and the other a freestanding study, accessed via stone doors and a small bridge over the cascading pools. Materials Method of Construction The existing house is roofed in natural slate with rendered white walls. New structures are clad in Irish blue limestone. This natural material weathers over time to match the geology of the surrounding cliffs. The stone becomes highly reflective when wet. Loads of the stone to the roof and the walls are supported by a reinforced concrete structure providing thermal mass that regulates temperatures and stores heat.
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