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Richmond Place House / Boyd Cody Architects

  • 01:00 - 3 July, 2008
Richmond Place House / Boyd Cody Architects
Richmond Place House / Boyd Cody Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dublin 6, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Architects

    Boyd Cody Architects - Sinead Bourke, Dermot Boyd, Peter Cody, James Corbett, Ryan Kennihan
  • Engineer

    John Casey
  • Budget

    250,000 EURO (US $394,900)
  • External Materials

    Brick, Satin Anodised Aluminium Windows
  • Interior Materials

    White Oak, Concrete, Plaster and Rubber
  • Site Area

    121.5 sqm
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The house is located in a conservation area close to Dublin's city centre, on a small but prominent infill corner site at the junction between Mountpleasant Avenue and Richmond Place. A modest dwelling built to replace the existing cottage located on the site. 

The accommodation consists of 2no. bedrooms, 2no. bathrooms, kitchen, utility and living / dining area set over three separate levels. At two stories the house remains substantially in character with the nearby terrace of houses and forms a low book-end building to Richmond Place, while making a strong contextual response to both the unusual site configuration and the prevailing architectural context, in particular the gable end of the house immediately opposite on Mountpleasant Square.

The ambition is to build the entire site, maximising the footprint of the building and visually extending the living area into the external courtyards formed to each side. The geometry of the existing site is the principal generator of the building form. Approximately triangular in shape and with a pronounced curve along Richmond Place, the house adopts the site boundary line along its north and south elevations and aligns with the adjacent terrace to the east and west. 

The resultant form is carved twice to make two compressed entrance spaces one to the front and a smaller one at the rear. In order to maintain the low-lying nature of the block fronting to Richmond Place, the living room is sunk 750mm into the ground, following the natural fall across the site.

The house exploits its section to create a series of interconnected but separate spaces of varying height and dimension, creating a sequence of compression and release as one circulates through the plan. The main bedroom opens out into the roof-lit stairwell by means of a work desk and folding screen forming a potentially seamless flow of space connecting with the living room and kitchen below. The kitchen itself is placed at the entry level and overlooks the living space across the worktop, with the storage units opening into the living room. The concrete desk formed by extending the ground surface into the building, faces west into the courtyard and the neighbouring street beyond. 

Externally the house is faced entirely in brick, directly referencing the neighbouring house. Satin anodised aluminium windows are brought flush to the surface of the outer skin to accentuate the tautness of the form and emphasize the two entry points. Internally a simple palette of materials is deployed, white oak for the service areas, concrete, plaster and rubber to the living areas to give a legible uniform reading to the interior.

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Hemant negi · September 18, 2010

Reading: "Richmond Place House / Boyd Cody Architects | ArchDaily"( )

Peter · August 11, 2010

Residential House designed by Dublin based Architects Boyd Cody

André Amaral · July 01, 2010

VERY NICE!!! Richmond Place House / Boyd Cody Architects | ArchDaily

Afonso Condi · June 30, 2010
bluevertical · April 23, 2010

Richmond Place House by Boyd Cody Architects #architecture #interiordesign #modern *a nice modern brick structure

Steo · August 14, 2009

The photos are very misleading. Last time I walked past it, the bedroom window had some badly fitted blinds or maybe it was a blanket (maybe they should have thought about that issue) As for the ground floor, it's a bit like living in a goldfish bowl.

The Big Black &amp; White Zebr · June 27, 2009

Super sophisticated materials, beautifully put together to acheive what looks like becoming becoming a truly Irish sensibility to Architecture.

x · June 20, 2009

good job, well set n context, interiors could do even more but congrats'

otis · June 17, 2009

ah, lovely! would love to see some pics with the windows covered though :) or do people usually leave the windows uncovered in these big glass wall homes?

Marcio N Coelho Jr · June 17, 2009

Amazing work! Since I saw this house on the 2006 Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture I found it absolutely great, with its beautiful insertion on the site, fine spaces and materials. Congratulations!

Internet · March 13, 2009

Do you guys have a recommendation section, i'd like to suggest some stuff

Radman · March 13, 2009

Is there a way to locate someone locally to try this?

paul keating · September 12, 2008

Nice house, Peter / Dermot (and others), not quite the glazing approach we'd go for here in Sydney but I like it in a Dublin (ie grey!) context.

jaime rendon · July 08, 2008

buena casa

Speedmaster · July 07, 2008



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