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McGarry-Moon reveals plans for waterside home

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Northern Ireland-based McGarry-Moon Architects has revealed plans for this lough-side home in Ireland

The 219m2rural project, which is due to start on site in January 2015, will sit on the south–western shore of Lough Gowna in Cavan, Ireland.

The three-bedroom home features a glazed open plan living space at the ground floor, while the upper floor which is timber-clad is raised above on piloti.

The scheme is set to complete in November 2015.

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The architect’s view

This quiet and unpretentious dwelling embodies a deep ambition to assimilate with its rural surroundings. Traditional building techniques have been combined with contemporary technologies to create a simple and elegant home, with systems for functional and ecological demands.

The design externally expresses the ground floor as a natural stone wall and glazed plinth with a floating timber-clad first floor above. Three free-flowing spaces dominate this ground floor space, with ancillary spaces occupying the north of the property. The first floor holds three bedrooms, a family bathroom, and master suite. The roof configuration creates an accentuated feeling of space in these rooms. The zinc roof composition further minimises the height of the building, thus reducing the impact of the proposed dwelling in the surrounding area and the view from Lough Gowna.

The proposed dwelling incorporates the clients criteria regarding comfort, cost-saving and environmental friendliness whilst re-evaluating the vernacular with unconventional shapes and materials, yet at the same time underscoring the uniqueness of the location and the surrounding landscape.

McGarry Moon

Project data 

Location Lough Gowna, Cavan, Ireland
Type of project house
Client private
Architect McGarry-Moon Architects
Structural engineer Structures 2000
Main contractor Not yet appointed
Funding private
Tender date October 2014
Start on site date January 2015
Completion date November 2015
Contract duration 11 months
Gross internal floor area 219m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT minor works
Total cost undisclosed
Predicted air tightness levels 1 m3/(h/m2) @ 50 pa
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 13.64kWh/m2.yr


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