This house sits on a landlocked site in the suburbs of Belfast. It echoes Louis Kahn’s view of the city as a series of rooms; the enclosed plot sitting as a room with a simple solid placed into it, creating a series of external rooms.
A family home for the varied requirements of three generations, the linear plan follows the east-west axis of the site, 1 room deep with strong gables and pitched roof, and an off-set garden room to the east. Substantial walls extend from the building to create a series of private landscaped courtyards, which all rooms enjoy.
Materials are from a simple restrained palette. Within the unified interior the changeable colours of the seasons, seen in the gardens and courtyards beyond, are framed through carefully proportioned openings. The form internally and externally is stripped down and almost Calvinist in its frugality yet encouraging the family to impress its personality on the spaces.
RIBA AWARD WINNER 2008
MANSER MEDAL RUNNER-UP 2008
LIAM MCCORMICK PRIZE 2008
RSUA RESIDENTIAL AWARD WINNER 2008