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bridge street house

The client had recently purchased a mid-terrace red brick Edwardian house when he approached the office. The rear of the gardens of the house to the west and the two houses to the east formed part of the plot. The brief was to renovate the existing house and to provide additional accommodation to consist of a home office a new kitchen with separate utility space and bathroom facilities at first floor level. This was all to be achieved on a limited budget and to include the retention of the existing garage, while creating an open plan arrangement on the ground floor. The front of the house is directly onto the street and has a southerly aspect.

The problem required that the scheme create a coherent whole of the unusual site plan. This was achieved by the introduction of three court yards bounded by the existing house and garage, and the new part which is conceived as a series of volumes stacked up and juxtaposed to gain maximum use of natural daylight having regard to the northerly aspect. This is manifest by the bathroom box with the kitchen gathered under, spanning from the existing house to the new utility block which is placed at the node of the cruciform. A plate is placed over the whole of this junction to form the home office space. A roof light is placed in the north west of this plate such that the pace can achieve the benefits of moving light all day.

bridge street house
ringsend, dublin 4, 2003