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McGarry-Moon bags planning for £250,000 Passivhaus home

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Northern Ireland-based McGarry-Moon Architects has won planning for a new house outside Broughshane near Ballymena

The 160m² house will sit in an area of outstanding beauty in the Glens of Antrim and is expected to complete in summer 2015.

Cantilevering over the sloping site, the £250,000 building is accessed by a footbridge and is being designed to Passivhaus standards.

The architect’s view

‘The design harmonises with the landscape embodying a deep ambition to assimilate with its surroundings. Its unpretentious blend of contemporary building technologies with traditional building techniques has resulted in the creation of a rural architecture that combines a quiet, simple sophistication with systems for functional and ecological demands. The straightforward plan, restrained use of materials, and precise detailing achieves an elegant clarity and rustic warmth. The design is nuanced which engages people and allows the moderate scale dwelling a unique character.

‘Our design exploits the introverted and secluded environment that is created by the particular sheltered topography. The upper ground floor accessed via a footbridge opens up towards the views of the landscape whilst capturing all potential solar gain. The lower ground floor, nestled in the lower contours of the site retains the more intimate retreat spaces.’

McGarry Moon

Project data

Location Loughloughan road, Broughshane, Glens of Antrim
Type of project Replacement dwelling
Client Private
Architect McGarry-Moon Architects
Structural engineers Structure 2000
Main contractor not appointed yet
Funding private
Tender date summer 2014
Start on site date summer 2014
Completion date summer 2015
Contract duration 12 months
Form of contract and/or procurement not selected yet
Total cost £250,000
Specific environmental targets aiming for Passivhaus

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