A new build house replaces a detached bungalow near Mount Merrion. Our job as architects to create an energy-efficient home that makes the most of the spectacular views over Dublin city while fitting in with the surrounding dormer bungalows.
The new split-level detached house presents an elegant and simple two-storey facade to the front, maintaining the existing streetscape. A modern triple gabled brick elevation to the rear opens out onto a generous patio & long garden. Internally, a curved staircase moves from a large entrance hall to a bright landing with a vaulted ceiling. A curved dormer style window draws attention to the expansive views over Dublin city. The family sitting room and Master bedroom are accessed either side of this landing, each with dramatic curved ceilings, following the profile of the clay tile roof above.
To the rear, the three gables are mirrored with vaulted ceilings creating distinct zones of kitchen, living, and dining within a single large open-plan space. Large rooflights are designed to provide natural daylight throughout the day. Large South-facing windows and glazed double doors allow light deep into the rooms and provide views and access to the beautiful garden beyond. A floating brick soffit over deep brick splays provide protection from overheating. The project has been designed to be comfortable and practical. It is highly insulated and incorporates an air-to-water heat pump & photovoltaic panels and has a calculated A2 Building Energy Rating (BER).