House in Connemara

Mundo architecture, Co Galway, 2015

 

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A new-build house in County Galway, Ireland

A brief was developed to provide a robust, practical energy efficient house, for a young and active family. The site; a black peaty clearing in a jungle of rhododendrons and pine trees, with the stunning Killary harbour and the Twelve Bens back drop.

The building rises out of the rock and peat of the site; a steel framed, timber-clad sentinel sitting on its concrete basement and floor. It's low profiled roof, sits like a hat with multiple ridges rising to form a single point.

The gutters and downpipes have been concealed to provide a more streamlined profile.

The multiple elevations chamfered and shaped to allow the fierce weather and winds to dissipate around the sculpted form of the building.

The accommodation is built over three floors, a drive-in lower ground floor level, garage, store, plant room, and staircase leading to a ground floor open plan kitchen living, utility laundry, bathroom and guest bedroom.

Stairs lead up to the first floor level where there is three bedrooms, a family bathroom and a master bedroom with ensuite.

The internal finishes are raw and pared down, with a constant connection and appreciation of the external landscape, synonymous with the clients' lifestyle.

Data

  • Begun: Sep 2013
  • Completed: Dec 2015
  • Floor area: 283m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £240,000
  • Funding: private
  • Procurement: private agreement
  • Address: Leenane, Co Galway, 000000, Ireland

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