The project was commissioned to provide the clients with a lifetime home where they can raise a family and care for an elderly parent. The clients have close ties to the locality but have not lived there for years. Building their home on the edge of the village will allow them to become lasting members of the community.

The basis for the design was to bring a contemporary twist to the traditional Irish vernacular. The main form of the home takes the shape of a single cell Irish cottage. From this central axis, two timber clad elements are pulled out to give the building a certain dynamism.

The building has a linear form. This allows many rooms to be dual aspect while giving the house a rational circulation flow. There are moments of compression as you move through the house, which then expand to beautifully lit and spacious areas. The main living space is a sunken lounge to flow with the natural slope of the site while projecting out at 45 degrees. This gives the space a more generous ceiling height while opening up to the surrounding views of the Blackstairs mountain range. The house is orientated to let all bedrooms enjoy the sunrise while allowing the main living zone to enjoy the sun for the duration of the day.

There is a careful materials palette that allows you to read the building easily. The simple form of the 1st floor has a crisp white render. The contrast of the 1st floor, to the dynamic movement of the ground floor, is accentuated by the use of full height glazing and Siberian larch cladding which together form a continuous band across the front façade. The 1st floor acts as a white cottage placed on top of a contemporary timber form. This becomes particularly apparent when you walk out onto the patio and see the 1st floor cantilever beyond the splayed living block.

About the Architects

Joe Fallon Design are a Design Led Architecture Practice Based in Dublin.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of architects and architectural technologists who, together with our team of consultant engineers, quantity surveyors and health and safety professionals, offer a complete service ranging from initial assessment and conceptual drawings, through planning applications, to construction monitoring and final certification. With over 25 years experience within the construction industry, the bulk of our work involves designing extensions, one-off houses, renovations and a growing amount of commercial work.

We design energy-efficient buildings with strong emphasis on natural light, at a cost that is reasonable, using builders that are respectful of other people’s homes for the duration of the build.

Our design style incorporates plenty of glazing, throwing light into previously darkened corners and creating bright, spacious light-filled spaces that adapt to our modern, dynamic way of life. We believe in going the extra mile, listening carefully to clients’ wishes, and understanding that this will likely be one of the biggest upheavals they will ever undertake. We thoroughly love what we do, and seeing the finished project excites us every time.

Most recently, we were nominated as a finalist in two categories in the 2019 Irish Construction Industry Awards, for Architectural Practice of the Year and Small Residential Project of the Year.

Services Provided

3D Rendering, Accessible Design, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Bathroom Design, Boot Room Design, Building Conservation, Building Design, Eco Homes, Floor Plans, Garage Design, Garden Plans, Home Renovation, House Extensions, House Plans, House Restoration, Kitchen Design, Pantry Design, Project Management, Site Preparation, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Utility Room Design, Kitchen Renovation, New Home Construction

Areas Served

Dublin & Wexford & Surrounding Areas


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