County Cork Painter’s Studio / LOCAL

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A repeat client from New York approached LOCAL to turn an old stone barn on his wife’s family farm compound in into a painter’s studio and vacation cottage. Because she is a landscape painter, she wanted a view and lots of light. At the same time, they wanted to retain the rustic character of the old stone barn. LOCAL decided to keep the façade facing the other buildings on the compound virtually untouched, and instead break out the entire façade facing the best view of the hills beyond the farm. Two skylights, invisible from the street, bring in light into the rear part of the house.

Architect: LOCAL
Location: , Ireland
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 500 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of LOCAL

Courtesy of LOCAL

The stone from the demolished façade was re-used to build stone steps leading to the upstairs entrance. Because local materials and craftsmen were used for all the work, and because the client was doing the site supervision, details were kept simple and within the vernacular vocabulary.


The other challenge was to fit a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and stairs into roughly 500 sqf so the interior was treated like a ship’s: stairs, kitchen and bath are as compact as possible and fitted together like a Chinese puzzle.

Courtesy of LOCAL
Courtesy of LOCAL
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  • up_today_arch

    exactly what I like… exactly what I wont….

  • Elena Cabrera Revuelta

    Dear Sir/Madame,

    My name is Elena, I am a Spanish girl who is going to ask for an International Scholarship. I have studied Technical Architecture, and I have to find an enterprise which could give me something to do. The enterprise don’t have to pay me anything, it is the Scholarship who pays for it.
    I am 25 years old, and I have studied my degree and then a Master degree about Security at Work. Also, I am a PhD Student in Seville University. I have been working for 4 years in an office, and 1 year as teacher in the University. The subject that I taught is Technical Drawing. I really consider that I am a very hard-working person, and I am really interested in improve my knowledge in English and in Architecture.
    Thank you so much and I will be waiting some news.
    Yours faithfully.

    Elena Cabrera