Carn House

This site in Carn, an infill plot accessed between 2 existing dwellings, leant itself to accommodating a modest-sized dwelling block to be presented to the Glenshane Road aspect which would belie its more generous accommodation stretching out into the private garden plot behind.

Of the three single-storey pitched forms which comprise this 4-bed house, one linear block is presented parallel to the road in keeping with its neighbours, whilst the other two slide alongside one other at a right angle to this, enclosing an external terrace at their convergence to catch the evening sun, and addressing a western paved courtyard off the main living space to the west.

The arrival block containing entrance lobby, lounge, study and guest room above, is modest in its mass, yet stands proudly in a natural stone wall finish with a large picture window framing the view out to the Glenshane expanse.  The building offers immediate shelter with a welcoming corten-clad canopy canted above the entrance, and external seating built into an Irish limestone clad portico.

The two rear blocks have a more elongated form than their arrival counterpart, and are presented in juxtaposition to the natural stone as retrained white rendered elements.  The first of the rear linear blocks is accessed off the arrival lobby via a glazed dining area, open in plan to the kitchen and living, with a playroom completing this sequence.  These being the main social spaces of the house, they benefit from the internal expression of the full height of the pitched form and enjoy maximum amounts of glazing, inviting both morning and evening sun through the double aspect at the dining area, and addressing a long paved court to the west.  The adjacent rear linear counterpart houses 3 large bedrooms and ancillary facilities.

The 3 forms are tied together via their common expressions: pitched slate roofs, iroko timber framed windows, and vernacular form in contemporary refinement.

Construction began in April 2017.


February 6, 2017

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