Plus Architecture were approached to re-model and extend the protected structure on the site with a view to providing a home for a family re-locating to Dublin. The site enjoys a wonderful position overlooking the beach to the rear with views out to Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island.
The concept for the layout of the house is to maximise the availability of sunlight and views to the living spaces on the north-facing rear of the house. To this end the kitchen and dining areas reach out to take in easterly sunlight in the morning and the living space opposite can enjoy the evening sun from the west. The whole rear of the house is raised up just enough to ensure the views can be enjoyed from all rooms.
These new elements are connected to the existing house but held off in such a way as to express the historic fabric and allow light to spill down the rear wall into the centre of the plan.
The material palette downstairs expresses the move through the historic house to the new elements through the use of similar materials expressed in different techniques, such as oak joinery and polished concrete, while the private zones of the bedrooms upstairs are clad in oak to create a more intimate feel.