Burren House

Niall McLaughlin Architects, Dublin, 2009

 

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Glazed pavilion surmounting a stone enclosure sited in the garden of an existing terrace near Dublin City centre

The house is arranged over three floors. On the ground floor the hallway is a central space around which the living spaces are arranged. From here other living spaces become apparent to the visitor as oblique views open up to the living room, kitchen and ground floor bedrooms. The granite-enclosed steel staircase is the focus of this space, drawing the viewer’s eye up to the glazed box above.

Completely closed to its surroundings by the granite enclosure, articulated as rough-faced resin bonded ashlar and openwork screens, the ground floor opens up into two internal courtyards.

The first floor is a conspicuous, lightweight, fully glazed box that contains an extended master bedroom suite with a study, bedroom, bathroom and small sitting room.

The basement forms a raised plinth, which has been used to create a flood-proof level and to protect the lower floor from flooding. The basement contains a snooker room, plant room, storage and utility rooms and a semi-autonomous bed-sit for short-term guests and the extended family.

Data

  • Begun: 2004
  • Completed: Feb 2009
  • Floor area: 490m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £2.1M
  • Procurement: Full RIAI/STD contract
  • Address: Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom

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