This House is, in essence, a simple sculptural form punctuated by carefully positioned openings. It is a two storey 'block' which sits on a previously understated corner site at the end of line of residences in a housing estate in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Access to the house is via a pedestrian entrance to the front off Newgrange Road and a vehicular entrance to the rear off Park Avenue. The pedestrian entrance along the boundary with the adjoining property helps to establish a main circulation route through the building. The building is entered under a canopy, which extends internally to create a 'suppressed' area inside the front door, emphasising the double height stairwell beyond. The experience of this space is further enhanced through the introduction of a clerestory running the full length of the building, flooding this volume with natural light. Accommodation comprises of a ground floor open plan living, dining and kitchen space linked to the first floor bedroom, bathroom and study areas by a double height circulation zone. The living and dining spaces open directly onto a white concrete deck and gravel garden to the rear, while maintaining strong visual connections to the garden and stepped entrance to the front. The natural gradient of the site is utilised to provide a stepped sequence of internal and external spaces leading from the main pedestrian entrance off New Grange Road to the concrete deck at the rear. Two slipped monopitch roof sections held apart by the clerestory glazing form the roofscape to the building. Both are held below the parapet line helping to reinforce the importance of this building line in establishing the shape of the structure. The design, shape and orientation of the building were in part a direct result of the particular site and planning constraints. The building lines and gutter levels of the adjoining structure were extended across the site and the combination of these with the orientation of the site boundary along Park Avenue help to give the structure its basic shape and parallelogram plan. The building profile is further strengthened with a deliberately weighted treatment to the openings at first floor level adding to the aura of secrecy as to what's contained within. The clear geometry and use of suitable materials helps to locate this contemporary structure discreetly within its more traditional context while giving the corner the strong presence it deserves.
Status : Complete Area : 85 sqm Design : ODOS architects, 2004 Completion : December 2005