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McGarry Moon reveals plans for charred timber-clad home

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McGarry Moon has revealed plans for this family home, clad in charred timber near Sligo in Ireland

The 259m² house sits on a site overlooking Knocknarea and the Benbulbin mountains and has been designed to ‘harmonize with the landscape and embody a deep ambition to assimilate with its surroundings’.

The family home is composed of two offset rectangular blocks – the larger used for sleeping and the smaller for living.

The scheme is set to start on site later in the summer.

McGarry Moon Sligo

The architect’s view

The design is topographically driven maximizing the existing landscape’s natural views and quirks whilst providing shelter from the prevalent winds, as well as creating a sense of connection between the building and its surroundings.  Making use of nature’s natural geological formations allows us to merge this man-made structure with the natural contours of the land enabling us to create a dwelling that adopts the spirit of the vernacular without resorting to mimicking its forms.

The existing buildings have been respected in terms of scale and massing by the conscious effort to maintain a similar ridge height to the nearby dwelling. The proposed design maintains the feel of a long low-lying dwelling, which like the older cottages that face the site, appears to be mostly single storey. The gable ends of the dwelling reveal however that there are modest first storeys included which utilize the roof height.

Our palette of materials is restrained and muted, using the timeless texture of timber, which has been charred. The texture, colour, and tactility of the charred wood is an evocative and sensory material to the touch, and combined with the striking freshness of glass results in a contemporary and understated atmosphere. The detailing of these selected materials is meticulous but embellishment minimal.

McGarry Moon Sligo

Project data

Location Dromard, Sligo, Ireland
Type of projecthouse
Client private
Architect McGarry Moon Architects
Gross internal floor area 259m2
Start on site date Summer 2015

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