Harold’s Cross Road Extension
Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
The existing terraced house appears from the road as a modest single storey over basement dwelling, yet the rear garden drops five metres below street level, making the house a full three stories high.
The gardens of the entire terrace extend over 90 metres, at first following plot lines before dissolving into an urban wilderness. As one journeys from street to garden, at first the city and then the period rooms are left behind to descend into an isolated world of garden rooms.
The addition to the house was conceived as one of a series of these garden rooms extending from the stair. One moves from a refined world of cornices and sash windows, to an overgrown woodland world of shrubs and foxes and the addition sits in the middle of the progression. First the kitchen, then the patio, then the flower garden followed by the vegetable garden, orchard, greenhouse and wood beyond. Viewed from above, the extension’s sedum and wildflower roof blends it into the pervasive greenery. From below its stacked concrete and timber structure simply roofs the garden walls allowing an open relationship to the spaces extending outwards from the house.
A nice feature and one they have used before in a stunning double-width terrace in Sandymount in 2011 to great acclaim. It goes to show a great design item doesn’t need to be exclusive to multi-million euro houses.
Vote for your favourite Architecture Award
Vote for your favourite for this year’s RIAI Public Choice Award at the Irish Architecture Awards 2014 – go to www.architectureawards.ie to cast your vote or check out all the other residential nominees here…