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Hall McKnight shows off County Down home

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Belfast and London-based Hall McKnight has revealed more photographs and plans of this recently completed house in County Down

The 271m² project, which has been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award, sits on a low-lying plot split by a stream.

The house has been designed to bridge the stream with its main form barely visible from the nearby road.

The architect’s view

‘The house was conceived as a single–storey form that would ‘bridge’ the stream – its height judged such that the form of the house is barely perceived from the public road. Within this sequestered setting the house takes on a distinct character – affected more by its surrounding landscape than the nearby villas in their mature gardens (this site having been the rear garden of one of these villas).

‘To the south–west, the house presents itself to an intimate wooded garden setting as a glazed colonnade or series of vertically proportioned windows. To the north–east, a series of fewer openings allow for more private relationships to the closer neighbouring boundaries, and protects the privacy of the dwelling from those approaching along the entrance bridge.

‘The house bridges the river parallel to an existing foot–bridge – this existing feature is reclad in timber.’

Hall McKnight Victoria Road

Project data

Location Belfast
Type of project house
Client private
Architect Hall McKnight
Structural engineer McAuley Browne
Quantity surveyor McClintock Consulting
Main contractor HJ O’Boyle
Funding private
Gross internal floor area 271m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT intermediate building contract with contractor’s design portion
Total cost private

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