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the hideaway

The existing house was a dim, Victorian-terraced house with idle external spaces. The cooking and dining facilities were inadequate and our brief was to employ the external spaces and reorganize to create a vibrant dining and living experience.

This is achieved by creating a hideaway, or an internal courtyard, which surrounding rooms flow into. The kitchen was relocated within the existing return. The new enlarged room provides dining and living spaces and is fixed onto the rear garden. This is to be re-landscaped under phase two works.

The site is orientated in an east-west alignment and the rooflight is positioned to reach up and grab the light and channel it into the room. 

The hideaway is enclosed by sliding screens which allows for many access points. The upper section of the return is clad in zinc to reflect the light into the hideaway.

The dining room projects into the rear garden space with a bookshelf to one side and full height sliding door and window to further emphasize and focus one on the re-landscaped garden. The project also involved renovation of the existing house with a mixture of modern and period styling.

the hideaway
upper grand canal street, dublin 4, 2003