The house comprises of two simple forms, arranged on the site to gain the most benefit of the path of the sun over the course of the day and year, to maximise the views available, to the Wicklow Mountains, and to enclose external spaces, informed by microclimate and the lifestyle of the applicant.
The arrangement of the two sliding forms, creates a paved and landscaped morning courtyard, full of light early in the day, which also comprises the formal front door entrance.
A reciprocal courtyard area is enclosed to the south west accessed from all of the main living spaces of the house, perfect for evening use, as the sun sets between the trees.
Simple and elegant modern forms are finished with traditional materials; Render, and simply detailed timber/aluminium windows. A crisp parapet / detail is preferred to an overhanging eave, which references simple gutter details of traditional farmyard construction. Full height windows allow light to penetrate deep into the plan, creating a lively and healthy interior environment.
A palette of timber, concrete and glass are used internally to create a modern and comfortable living environment.
The fundamental principal on which this house has been designed is to reduce the energy load requirement in the first instance. To achieve this, a highly insulated building fabric is provided, with carefully judged windows, to provide natural lighting to all of the house, without overheating. The house is naturally ventilated.
Rain water harvesting, with water storage and treatment at attic level, will be incorporated to the scheme, for use in toilet flushing, and for garden watering needs.
Solar Thermal units will preheat the hot water for the house, reducing the energy demand, and minimising carbon footprint.
In keeping with best practices of sustainability, the house for our client is designed to be easily adaptable, and flexible in use – designed to be a lifetime home. Our client, and his future family will not have to move their home as their ever evolving needs change.