House in West Cork

Currently under construction, this courtyard design evolved to maximise solar gain and views to the coast, while protecting from the prevailing wind and rain. It responds to the key attributes of the site, specifically its quality landscaping and mature specimen trees.

The house is designed to open out to the natural environment, with the large windows framing views from each of the living spaces out to the separate gardens and groves of trees. Each living space opens out onto a terrace, extending each ‘room’ out to the surrounding landscape.

Simple, finely detailed natural materials are proposed. Blue limestone rubble clads the terraces, which are lined  in wood, and the window frames and shutters to the pool are in hardwood. The contemporary, minimalist design responds only to the site and the requirements of the brief. This results in an integrated, efficient, and cost-effective design.

Detail of the front elevation showing detailing in hardwood and local blue limestone masonry.

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