The site consisted of a 100 plus year old derelict blacksmiths forge and the crumbling ruins of an attached blacksmiths cottage sitting on the edge of a busy country road; however, it also benefits from some of the best coastal and rural views on the North Antrim Coast. The site is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on agricultural land running down to the entrance of the Dunluce Castle site and has uninterrupted panoramic views from Donegal to Scotland. It is the only structure on the sea side of the road in this location. Due to its prominent location and Natural Beauty the local Planning Authority had refused the previous attempts to develop the site. 2020 Architects became involved in the project when Senior Architect Michael Howe and his Partner Michele Long bought the potential site with the hope of creating a family home. Due to the prominent nature of the site, the unique views and the area of outstanding natural beauty we knew that the design had to be an exemplar of rural design. Over the last 5 years Northern Ireland Architecture has found a confident modern voice and have begun to lead the way in domestic architectural design in the UK, supported by the fact that 4 of the 20 houses chosen for the ‘Manser Award’ were from this country. We wanted to use this project to progress this new found Architectural confidence, producing a building which was unashamedly modern but one which couldn’t exist anywhere but Ireland.
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