In an area of outstanding natural beauty this site is very well screened by a combination of typography, vegetation, and distance surrounded on all four sides, with rising mountains to the south, forest trees and woodland to the west and east and rolling landscapes to the north, beyond these boundaries are agricultural field pastures.
Drawing inspiration from the existing stone cottage nestled neatly into the landscape. This replacement dwelling merges elegantly into its surroundings encapsulating the footprint of the old cottage to be replaced. The home has been designed to harmonise with the landscape and surrounding area with an unpretentious blend of contemporary building techniques, and technologies and has resulted in the creation of a traditional Irish clachan, a series of connected buildings that combine a quiet, simple elegance with functionality and sustainability demands.
Although it is very much influenced by the vernacular architecture of County Down, the building is unashamedly contemporary in layout and design. The client’s requirement for open plan living, connection to the landscape and natural light informed the design.