Location Sutton, Dublin
Size c. 450sq.m
Re-furbishing and extending a derelict, protected structure to provide a modern family house with aspect out over the dunes of Burrow Beach.
This existing late-Victorian villa, a protected structure, has been remodelled and extended to take advantage of the magnificent views out over Dublin Bay and Ireland’s Eye.
The form of the new-build element is inspired by the shifting landscape of sand dunes on the beach, with mono-pitch roofs sloping up to envelop the accommodation, and roof lights popping up to bring south light into a mainly north-facing living area. These new additions wrap around the existing house and contrast with it both materially and spatially.
On entry into the house a double-height space has been introduced to create a sense of spatial drama, missing in the original house. This reception space leads directly into the open-plan living space to the rear with the large framed views out to the sea. Due to council flood-risk requirements, the new-build elements of the house were required to be raised a metre above the ground floor level of the existing house, which had the positive effect of allowing a greater field of view over the seascape.