Cork House


Located in a small village outside Cork City, this substantial family home is set back into its sloping site and is orientated to maximise views of the local hills and countryside. The dwelling is conceived as a cluster of carved volumes in between which circulation and outdoor spaces are formed; a double height entrance hall, enclosed south facing courtyard, sheltered areas for planting. Visual connections through and between spaces back to the landscape and gardens became a reoccurring theme both from the circulation spaces and in the rooms themselves. These spaces are further articulated through exploitation of the significant level change on site, allowing a broad variance in scale and height in each. A simple palette of render, zinc and concrete articulate the forms externally; a limed oak floor and stained oak joinery unifies the ground floor spaces and meanders up the cantilevered steel stairs, a gentle contrast to the white walls.