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McGarry-Moon gets go-ahead for Modernist take on traditional Irish courtyard house

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Northern Ireland practice McGarry-Moon Architects has received planning permission for a modern ‘reinterpretation’ of a traditional Irish house arrangement

The three-block, two-storey building in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, creates a sheltered, outdoor courtyard space at its heart.

The private clients will live in the house on a sloping rural site close to their parents and a family business.

’Our intention is to create a forward-looking family home that, while being respectful of its location, is of high architectural merit and fulfils the desires, aspirations and lifestyle of a modern family,’ said McGarry-Moon.

’To ensure the development is not unduly dominant, the dwelling is simply broken into three forms that create a sheltered entrance courtyard space. This arrangement ensures the home appears modest.

’Due consideration was given to the massing and height. As a result we feel the composition successfully reads in its setting, to produce a dwelling that will integrate into the site without dominating the surroundings. The result is a modern reinterpretation of what is essentially a traditional Irish courtyard-style house.’

Mcgarry moon irish house 4

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Project data

Location Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, Irish Republic
Client Private 
Architect McGarry-Moon Architects
Structural engineer Structures 2000
Gross internal floor area 478m²
Form of contract Traditional

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