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Richard Murphy reveals Dublin Bay hillside home

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Richard Murphy Architects has submitted plans for a large house on a sloping site in Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay

The zinc-clad, wedge-shaped scheme has been designed to meet strict planning conditions which restrict the buildings height to allow the continuation of a public view from the street across the plot to the sea.

 Richard Murphy Architects' house in Dalkey, near Dun Laoghaire, Irish Republic

Richard Murphy Architects’ house in Dalkey, near Dun Laoghaire, Irish Republic

The architect’s view

A large house is proposed on a spectacular site in this exclusive area of outer Dublin. The site slopes down to the north with a spectacular view of Dublin bay. A planning restriction imposes however a severe height restriction to allow the continuation of a public view from the street to the sea across the site.

The sight line, taken together with the natural fall on the site, releases a “wedge shape” of potential accommodation, single storey to the south and double storey to the north. The design places the house deliberately along its eastern boundary facing west onto a terraced garden, so that both garden and house have benefit of afternoon and evening sunlight. A roof light the length of the roof admits light into the interior throughout the day. Almost all the main habitable rooms face west with the circulation forming a spine down the eastern side. A panorama of the spectacular view is reserved for the living room, study and master bedroom.

The ‘servant accommodation’ of self-contained housekeeper’s apartment and garage is distinguished by a flat grass roof which merges into the landscape with the main house defined itself by an inclined plane clad in zinc and floating above the rest of the house with a clerestory between it and the enclosing walls. Entry is made more dramatic by the use of a bridge across the falling topography.

Project Details

ArchitectsRichard Murphy, Brian Tobin, Daryl Robbins, Martin Lambie
EngineersCreate Engineering / Molony Millar
Quantity SurveyorORHT
ClientGlen Finegan
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