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David Leech reveals plans for Dublin house

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Ex-Caruso St John architect David Leech has revealed the first images of a new house in Dublin

After working on the refurbishment of the Tate Britain, Leech left Caruso St John to set up his own practice David Leech Architects. This project, which is due to start on site in the summer, is his first project since going it alone.

The 102m², new-build house sits at the end of a garden in a 1940s estate in Dublin.

Externally the house is finished in off-white lime render mirroring the existing houses on the estate.

Where the house meets the nearby lane a gable is projected with the image of a doorway and window set in relief.

David Leech Elevation

The architect’s view

‘The ground floor layout is derived from the planning requirements for outdoor amenity space.  To maximise the presence of the garden it takes advantage of the excellent privacy provided by the thick hedgerow. At the ground level all the supporting walls are located within an internal cross-shaped core, allowing a curtain of glass and timber folding doors to wrap the exterior of the house for direct connection and access to the garden.

‘On fine days, the folding doors can slide back from their corners allowing the house to spread outside - reducing the house’s footprint to the structural core. The gardens are planted to provide a variety of flora responding to light, shade, aspect and condition.

‘Internally, the cross-shaped core divides the ground floor into 4 rooms: hall, kitchen, dining and living room. These are located according to proportion and orientation and step in section to accommodate ceiling heights of slightly varying dimension. The core contains the service and plumbed elements of the guest WC and kitchen appliances as well as storage and the staircase.

‘The first floor is laid out with three bedrooms and a bathroom off a small central landing. The landing is lit from a tall roof light contained within an extruded chimneystack and lined in timber paneling up to door height. The landing is one door wide and two doors in length. From this space, paneled doors open into generously proportioned bedrooms side lit from large windows sitting on the skirting of the opposing walls. The ceilings are draped along the pitch of the roof, falling from 4.8m above the sweep of the doorway to 1.8m around the perimeter.’

David Leech

Project data

Location Dublin
Type of project single family house
Client private
Architect David Leech architects
Structural engineer CORA.ie
Quantity surveyor Nathy Groarke QS
Funding private
Tender date April 2014
Start on site date July 2014
Gross internal floor area 102m²

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