To develop a minimal tough simplicity to be carried out with ‘exactitude’

Project Specs


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The site of this house is located to the rear of an existing period house facing onto a cul de sac, offering views west to the dome of Rathmines church and indirectly north to the grand canal.

▼建筑外观,external view



Views and light to the east and south were restricted by site constraints and city council planning policy. The clients are greatly informed and deeply interested in architecture. There were lengthy discussions with their total involvement in the project. We collectively considered idea’s of comfort as not just to create a stable thermal environment or reproducing the known and familiar but as the capacity or disposition of the occupants to experience different situations with regard to light and shadow, to space that may bear the between, to use, to views of and to the urban context, to views of the sky, to exterior and interior reflections held within and to colour change in developing a minimal tough simplicity to be carried out with ‘exactitude’.

▼入口庭院内部,entrance courtyard


The house takes the form of an inhabited light scoop, to provide spaces for refuge and prospect and extends between two outside rooms, a ramped entrance court with a small water pool to slow and dissipate the city and a roof terrace, a place to perch and capture sunsets and the local city skyline. At once without and within, forming the kitchen and dining mezzanine on second, living and study on first, bedrooms and bathrooms on ground and clad with untreated copper and lime washed maple. It is held between rendered feired walls, with niches and voids that house kitchen, wardrobes, wall beds, storage cabinets, library ,toilet and natural/artificial lighting. Flamed Limestone is laid throughout the ground floor and entrance court with sliding clear/ opaque glazed partitions defining the bedrooms and bathrooms. Sapele strips are laid on the roof terrace mezzanine and ceiling to first floor.

▼入口庭院贯穿以石灰岩、枫叶色的灰泥墙壁以及玻璃滑动门,flamed Limestone is laid throughout the ground floor and entrance court with sliding clear/opaque glazed partitions

▼壁龛和各种空隙容纳了储物柜等空间,the niches and voids house wardrobes and storage cabinets and artificial lighting


▼卧室位于一层,bedrooms are arranged on the ground floor

▼未经处理的铜制楼梯,staircase built in untreated copper


▼位于二层的书房,the library on the first floor

▼通向三层的楼梯,stair case leading to the top floor


▼楼梯细部,detail of the staircase


▼位于顶层的厨房,the kitchen on the second floor

▼夜景,a night view

▼场地平面图及立面图,site plan and elevation

▼首层平面图及剖面图,ground floor plan and section

▼二层平面图及剖面图,first floor plan and section

▼三层平面图及剖面图,second floor plan and section

Project : K HOUSE
Web: www.architectstm.com
Email: office@architectstm.com
Complete : Winter 2015
Area: 104sqm
Location : Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland
Photographer/ Video work: Ros Kavanagh.
Lead Architect: Tom Maher
Engineers: Downes & Associates
Manufacturer’s: Tecu Copper, Flamed Irish Limestone, Reynaer’s Aluminium sliding screens and windows


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