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McGarry-Moon wins planning for Belfast Passivhaus

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Northern Ireland-based practice McGarry-Moon Architects has won planning for this Passivhaus home in the grounds of a Modernist house in Belfast

The four bedroom family home will sit within the former garden of an existing 1949 Grade B1 listed dwelling designed by Ulster Modernist architect Henry Lynch Robinson.

The 230m² house will be designed to Passivhaus principles and features a series of green roofs.

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Architect’s view

Sited in the garden of one of Belfast’s pioneering buildings, the first modernist house constructed on Malone Road by Henry Lynch Robinson, had been both inspiring and constraining. Yet has resulted in the creation of and stimulating and respectful dialogue between two distinct architectural languages and their shared environment. The design exploits the introverted and secluded environment that is created by the particular sheltered topography of the site. The dwelling is entered on an intermediate level, the lower floor with the ambience of a sunken walled garden comprises of free flowing spaces for food preparation, dining and relaxing giving privacy to the occupants whilst allowing the dwelling to benefit from all potential solar gain. The two storey elements of the design are purposely in accordance with the building line so to allow an uninterrupted view of the gable of No.110 Malone Road.

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Project data

Location Notting Hill, Malone Road, Belfast
Type of project  private dwelling
Client private
Architect McGarry Moon Architects
Structural engineer Structure 2000
Funding private
Tender date October 2013
Start on site date November 2013
Completion date October 2014
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 230m²
Form of contract and/or procurement not selected yet
Total cost private
Predicted air tightness level 1 ACH or better
Specific environmental targets aiming for Passivhaus standard

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