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House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 December, 2012
House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects
House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects, © Nick Guttridge
© Nick Guttridge

© Nick Guttridge © Nick Guttridge © Nick Guttridge © Niall McLaughlin +20

  • Main Contractor

    C.H.O.M Construction Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyor

    AKC Chartered Surveyors
  • Structural Engineer

    Price and Myers
  • M&E Engineer

    EDC Engineering Design Consultants
  • Landscape Architect

    Desmond FitzGerald Architects
  • Stone Consultants

    Harrison Goldman
  • Timber Consultant

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© Nick Guttridge
© Nick Guttridge

From the architect. Client Brief
The existing house had suffered the abuse of the local climate and haphazard development over a period of years resulting in a fragmented plan and disjointed appearance. The clients brief was straightforward; to retain part of the original structure and to provide additional accommodation and landscaping fit for the quality of the site.

© Nick Kane
© Nick Kane

Existing Site
The site is located in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Sea views and rugged yet lush landscapes combine with fast changing skies and wild deep blue seas. The site faces the sea to the east. The existing house was set between a steep rock face to the north and a small stream to the South. The access road winds down the cliff from the west to the house. To the east a long gently sloping lawn stretches seaward towards the rocky coastline.

© Nick Guttridge
© Nick Guttridge

Planning Constraints
Outside of the local development boundary and set just below one of Europe’s most scenic roads, the character of the views and the landscape seen from the land around the house and the sea had to be maintained. The local design guide proposed traditional or vernacular forms as acceptable but was clear that designs of exceptional quality with an emphasis on energy efficiency offering diversity in design would be acknowledged.

© Nick Guttridge
© Nick Guttridge

The house is formed of a series of linear pavilions set parallel to the original house. The pavilions step down the 1.6m fall of the site creating a meandering path through the house from the entrance on the west to the living space and sea views to the east. The form of the existing cottage influenced the design of the new structures and its ridge was used as a datum that defines the heights of the new buildings. A series of pitched roofs are staggered across the site creat- ing pockets of space forming semi-enclosed courtyards. At the end of the journey a large terrace reveals spectacular views of the cliffs, the sea and the islands of West Cork. Guest bedrooms are located in the refurbished cottage. Visitors pass through a glass link into the first of the limestone buildings, the first of which accommodates the master bedroom and bathroom.

© Nick Kane
© Nick Kane

The second limestone pavilion con- tains the dining room and kitchen. The final pavilion is broken into two parts, one for the living room and the other a freestanding study, accessed via stone doors and a small bridge over the cascading pools. Materials Method of Construction The existing house is roofed in natural slate with rendered white walls. New structures are clad in Irish blue limestone. This natural material weathers over time to match the geology of the surrounding cliffs. The stone becomes highly reflective when wet. The loads of the stone to the roof and the walls are supported by a reinforced concrete structure providing thermal mass that regulates temperatures and stores heat.

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Andrew Powrie · March 09, 2013

Sean... man... what are you doing on this site...

Ati · December 25, 2012

Hi,i need a plan of zaha hadids works with direct dimention?can u help me archdaily?:(tnq

JUNG Hojoon · December 25, 2012

I can understand again & keep in mind the important is message to nature, environment and us.

Sean · December 24, 2012

Horrible, cold and depressing!!!! who in his right mind would like to actualy live in this?


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