House at Ballynearla
This house provides a sustainable and sensitive solution to the provision of a family home, learning from and leaning heavily on the vernacular traditions of the locality, yet meeting the family requirements of today. As such the modest scale and design of the house has been set to be appropriate to this vernacular tradition and its setting. The architectural language in which the house is designed is without question contemporary, but achieves this contemporary language by careful and studied use of simple vernacular countryside forms and by the use of largely local and traditional material.
The proposed house has been designed as a simple mono-pitch block which contains all the primary functions of the house; amenity, living, dining, sleeping and familial social interaction. The accommodation block locates these functions to take best advantage of the site orientation. As the building turns to face from south-east to the west, the elevation begins to open, to allow for the maximum utilisation of natural light and solar heat gains. The main living space of the house is orientated to enjoy the passage of the sun, from early sun on a winter’s morning to the full extent of the sunset on a summer’s night, both internally and from the external deck. To the northern side of the site, the utilitarian and circulation functions are located and these functions are organised behind a curved ‘utility wall’ and a curved ‘circulation wall’, which provide optimum utilisation of this lower amenity area of the site. These walls provide a strong external identity to the public face of the house and privacy to the house user, whilst providing an exciting and pleasing architectural aesthetic.