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Matilde / Ailtireacht

  • 01:00 - 1 December, 2011
Matilde / Ailtireacht
Matilde / Ailtireacht, © Paul Tierney
© Paul Tierney

© Kevin Kelly © Paul Quinn © Paul Quinn © Paul Quinn +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dublin, Co. Cathair Átha Cliath, Ireland
  • Project Architects

    Andrew Brady, Allister Coyne
  • Structural Engineer

    Casey O Rourke Associates (CORA)
  • Building Contractor

    CRC Developments
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This end of terrace Victorian two-storey over basement house in south Dublin required modernization and additional space for the needs of the clients growing family. The brief was to provide additional multifunctional living space and bedroom accommodation not provided for within the original house. The existing two-storey return was at a scale not befitting such a large house with cramped internal dimensions making the spaces unusable.

© Paul Quinn
© Paul Quinn

The design creates a rear return more suitable in scale and playful in nature with an orthogonal emphasis reflecting that of the original terrace. The reflectivity and solidity of the zinc contrasts the flat darkness of the voids and window openings, in the creation of a sculptural form, which sits in deference against the main wall of the house.

© Paul Quinn
© Paul Quinn

A new canopy over the existing side passage encloses the dining area in a transition space between the interior and exterior, which along with a new staircase from the main floor creates a dialogue between the lower ground floor garden and the piano nobile, so often ignored in the conversion of this type of dwelling.

© Paul Tierney
© Paul Tierney

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Daithi · December 16, 2011

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jaime fuentes · December 03, 2011

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Pierre · December 03, 2011

Personally, after investing so much money in this project, I would have preferred finding a way to have the kitchen and the dining area on the same level.

Besides that, this seems like an awesome renovation!

Stan Majcherkiewicz · December 03, 2011 04:50 AM

I think it's a matter of prefference kitchen-dining relationship...

james · December 03, 2011 01:34 AM

really? you mean you personally invested in this project? kudos

Gosia Kung · December 03, 2011

The New meets the Old

cvb · December 02, 2011

this extension only blocks direct sunlight to the stairwell of the existing building (please see plans).
During some times of the day it may block temporarily the windows but doesn't seem that much troubling.

Centor4 · December 02, 2011

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Scott Sowers · December 02, 2011

Modern Irish:

Manuel Gonzalez ?. · December 02, 2011

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Arkon Edificaciones · December 02, 2011

en la dosis de #arq d vanguardia presentamos una casa en Irlanda q necesitaba más espacio multifuncional y un cuarto.

Archreviewer · December 02, 2011

Where are the pictures of the old house?! I've got a sneaky suspicion that all these extensions block a ton of light from the old building. Do row houses function when they are this long? The detailing on the extension looks extremely well considered though so I will give the architect the benefit of the doubt that the rest of the project is equally well considered.

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Stan Majcherkiewicz · December 01, 2011

Nice stuff but I hope you hired window cleaners full time too... ;))


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