Private dwelling at Portrane
PRIVATE COASTAL DWELLING, PORTRANE, CO. DUBLIN BRIEF The location for this coastal dwelling known as The Burrow in Portrane, North County Dublin, Ireland is a sand and gravel ridge of salt marshes and dune grasslands which are abound with flora and fauna throughout the year. The site’s boundary surveys a natural bird sanctuary, a marina, an island and an ever changing seascape. It is undoubtedly amongst the most stunningly scenic, picturesque, and peaceful places of anywhere imaginable. The client’s brief proposed that the form, scale and overall visual appearance of the house had to evolve from its rural and coastal environment setting. Within this, their principal aim was to create an inspirational home for their children to grow up in, where daylight, nature and the elements, tangible materials and textures, spatial interaction and energy awareness would be ever present. SOLUTION The building consists of a two storey elongated spine off which extends two additional arms at either end which together form a private sunny courtyard. The principal aim behind this form is to take full advantage of the extraordinary coastal views from the vast majority of rooms within the house while simultaneously capturing the sun’s progress throughout the day. By providing all of the social spaces with duel aspects so that the coastal panorama and the sunlight are present, makes for spaces of great stimulus. An open plan layout has been adopted within where voids, frameless glass railings and sliding walls allow playful interaction and communication throughout. Externally dry stonewalls, brilliant white sto rendering, patina copper and cedar cladding blend effortlessly together and into their surroundings. The result is a naturally light filled airtight home where adults and children alike are in constant touch with the outside while internally still feeling protected and secure from the elements. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION A recessed alcove set within the corner of where the protective dry stonewall meets the white rendered elongated spinal core, forms the main entrance to the house. Warm giant slabs of travertine stone against the brilliant white internal walls, voids to basement and first floor and large expanses of glazing create a very striking light filled greeting hall. From here access is gained to first floor and basement levels, ground floor bedrooms and swimming pool. The open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms are also accessed from here through a large sliding door. Upon entering this area one is immediately directed beyond the walnut and corian kitchen towards the dining area with its double height frameless corner glazing that frames Lambay Island in the distance. Off the dining area is a raised living space and both of which are separated by a cantilevered second stairscase with frameless glass rail and which has been uniquely encased in white corian. From here one is directed upwards into the study space which overlooks the dining area below. The sitting room, possibly the most dramatic room of all, with its exposed single pitch ceiling cantilevers somewhat on the coastal side in order to reap the breathtaking views at hand through a wall of floor to ceiling frameless glass. From the opposite side of the room access is gained to the roof terraces through large sliding doors and external steps connect these terraces with to the courtyard below. Through the sitting room and across a bridge that traverses the circulation core, the three remaining bedrooms are accessed. These include the master bedroom which has a sheltered morning terrace and the second guest bedroom also with its own roof terrace. This is a supremely energy efficient building that combines supreme thermal insulation from Kingspan Tek Building System, Kingspan Insulation, Kingspan Photovoltaic solar paneling, Kingspan Heat Recovery Rentilation System, Eurotech geothermal Heating System, Eurotech air to water heating system, triple glazing and water harvestation. A Eurotech Eurosmart control system gives preference to the highest energy efficient performer at any given time of day making the entire dwelling, including an indoor swimming pool, extremely economical to heat.

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