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Dwelling at Maytree / ODOS architects

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2008
Dwelling at Maytree / ODOS architects
Dwelling at Maytree / ODOS architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Co. Wicklow, Ireland
  • Architects

    ODOS architects
  • Construction

    Oaklawn Construction
  • Area

    287.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. This house is in essence a simple bold sculptural form which sits at the foot of a steep escarpment in the Wicklow hills. It is a two storey house with vehicular and pedestrian access from the Bray Road. Accommodation is comprised of a two car garage, boiler room, wc and utility at ground floor level and open plan living, kitchen, dining areas with 3 bedrooms (master en suite), study and family bathroom at first floor level.

This house replaces a derelict 1940's single storey cottage (with associated out houses) which previously existed on the site.

The building is entered on foot at first floor level via a long stepped processional route to the front of the building. The façade to this stepped approach has been purposely left blank to focus the entrant to the point of entry whilst also weighting the propped cantilever appropriately. At entry level a hallway guides you to the open plan living kitchen and dining areas. These areas are contained within a propped cantilevered volume, which hovers above the landscape below. 

A forest of red columns has been inserted below the cantilever, which conceptually grow out of the hillside. These columns ‘guard' a pedestrian route, which leads you under the cantilever to the rear garden and living room deck at first floor level. Along this route one truly experiences the sheerness of the escarpment above.

Internally the hallway at main entry level has been conceived as an "internal street" the dimensions of which widen to the more public aspects of the plan and diminish along the points of entry to private bedrooms and bathrooms. A study at main entry level offers a taste of the internal experience prior to entry.

The roofscape is peppered with rooflights in an attempt to engage the user with the steep escarpment to the rear of the house. This affords the occupant vertical views of sky and foliage from the most private spaces within the house.

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Small Business · March 13, 2009

Hey, is there a section just for latest news

Jorge · December 28, 2008

Almost identical to Souto de Moura's Dos Casas en Ponte Lima

jg15 · December 24, 2008

reminds me of rem koolhaas' villa dall alva

kikomiah · December 19, 2008

I like these simple buildings and houses, espacially the one with grass or many trees around it?
They make people feel comfortable.

Tom in London · December 17, 2008

I love the emergency steel props under the cantilever.

Bo · December 16, 2008

fireplace simple&perfect like zen %). rrrrrreally like it!

jay · December 16, 2008

-"There are some very intelligent, elegant and subtle concepts here.
I’m impressed… and appreciative that ArchDaily’s shown it here."

Could you point them out for me,
cant see them.

Contemporary Art · December 16, 2008

Yeah, is there any more info about the fireplace?

cam · December 16, 2008

How about a section showing those fireplaces? curious how that works...

Alex (CorbusieLer) · December 16, 2008

Very good work. Very stylishly

musser · December 16, 2008

There are some very intelligent, elegant and subtle concepts here.
I'm impressed... and appreciative that ArchDaily's shown it here.

Contemporary Art · December 16, 2008

Amazing! And great styling, the transformers are killer. I think having a long staircase up to the house will have a nice effect, causing a slower transition from car to house. And I obviously agree with Powkey about the cantilever and fireplace.

powkey · December 16, 2008

That cantilever and fireplace are incredible.

Is the photo with the transformers on the stairs suppose to show the client where and how they will die?


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