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Sandymount,Dublin

Best HouseAward - RIAI Irish Architecture Awards Ireland 2018; OverallWinner - Irish Concrete Society Awards 2018; SpecialMention - AAI Awards 2019; Nominatedfor EUMies Award 2019

The projectinvolves the re-making of a two-storey semi-detached dwelling and shop inSandymount village as a family home. A large extension, part two-storeyand part one-storey, is built to the side and rear, connecting the houseto a generous hidden garden. Exposed painted blockwork piers at four metrecentres support fair-faced concrete vaults that define each of the groundfloor living spaces, stepping down in section towards the rear of the siteand culminating in a sunken living space in the garden. The ground floor isfinished in a terrazzo that refers to terrazzo elements found in the existinghouse, with reclaimed parquet floors defining certain areas. Board-markedconcrete beams express the vaults externally. The external walls are finishedin a rough render and the new windows are aluminium. The language of theextension continues into the garden where a covered external dining spaceenjoys the evening summer sun.

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Photography by Alice Clancy

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