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MACGABHANN ARCHITECTS

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SMALL PROJECTS 2005

Photography by Ros Kavanagh

Located at Rathmullan, County Donegal, a scenic part of north-west Ireland, this new designer's studio and guest accommodation form a courtyard with the client's existing home (also designed by the practice). They belong to the genre of the lean-to agricultural sheds and the utilitarian necessity of rural Irish building. Their courtyard arrangement springs from the typology of informal and often unplanned rural building clusters.

The vertical nature of the corrugated cladding contrasts with the horizontal boardmarked concrete of the adjacent house; a contrast accentuated by the mass and permanence of the concrete and the transience and delicacy of the corrugated metal.

The studio is oriented to maximise views and (any) available sunlight. For this reason the roof is lifted up on one side to get western sunlight into the studio. As the sunlight diminishes as it moves further west, so the aperture of the window reduces. This upturned roof also serves to draw the eye to the wonderful views.

This studio has become a striking feature in a landscape used to such materiality but not to such form.

The contractor was Tony Ringland.

Cost: £50,000

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