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.
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.
|Architects||Richard Murphy, Brian Tobin, Daryl Robbins, Martin Lambie|
|Engineers||Create Engineering / Molony Millar|