Richmond Place House : By Boyd Cody Architects

Posted on September 29, 2010

0


Architects: Boyd Cody Architects – Sinead Bourke, Dermot Boyd, Peter Cody, James Corbett, Ryan Kennihan
Location: Rathmines, Dublin 6, Ireland
Programme: Residential House
Engineer: John Casey
Site Area: 121.5 sqm
Constructued Area: 110 sqm
Budget: 250,000 EURO (US $394,900)
Design & Construction: 2004-2005
External Materials: Brick, Satin Anodised Aluminium Windows
Interior Materials: White Oak, Concrete, Plaster and Rubber

The house is located in a conservation area close to Dublin’s city centre, on a small but prominent infill corner site at the junction between Mountpleasant Avenue and Richmond Place. A modest dwelling built to replace the existing cottage located on the site. The accommodation consists of 2no. bedrooms, 2no. bathrooms, kitchen, utility and living / dining area set over three separate levels. At two stories the house remains substantially in character with the nearby terrace of houses and forms a low book-end building to Richmond Place, while making a strong contextual response to both the unusual site configuration and the prevailing architectural context, in particular the gable end of the house immediately opposite on Mountpleasant Square.

The ambition is to build the entire site, maximising the footprint of the building and visually extending the living area into the external courtyards formed to each side. The geometry of the existing site is the principal generator of the building form. Approximately triangular in shape and with a pronounced curve along Richmond Place, the house adopts the site boundary line along its north and south elevations and aligns with the adjacent terrace to the east and west. The resultant form is carved twice to make two compressed entrance spaces one to the front and a smaller one at the rear. In order to maintain the low-lying nature of the block fronting to Richmond Place, the living room is sunk 750mm into the ground, following the natural fall across the site.

The house exploits its section to create a series of interconnected but separate spaces of varying height and dimension, creating a sequence of compression and release as one circulates through the plan. The main bedroom opens out into the roof-lit stairwell by means of a work desk and folding screen forming a potentially seamless flow of space connecting with the living room and kitchen below. The kitchen itself is placed at the entry level and overlooks the living space across the worktop, with the storage units opening into the living room. The concrete desk formed by extending the ground surface into the building, faces west into the courtyard and the neighbouring street beyond. Externally the house is faced entirely in brick, directly referencing the neighbouring house. Satin anodised aluminium windows are brought flush to the surface of the outer skin to accentuate the tautness of the form and emphasize the two entry points. Internally a simple palette of materials is deployed, white oak for the service areas, concrete, plaster and rubber to the living areas to give a legible uniform reading to the interior.
By Nico Saieh — Via:archdialy

1987267535_richmond-place3large 1987267535_richmond-place3large

1373472781_richmond-place4small 1373472781_richmond-place4small

1746074692_richmond-place6large 1746074692_richmond-place6large

1687232832_richmond-place7small 1687232832_richmond-place7small

1523447295_richmond-place8large 1523447295_richmond-place8large1402112720_richmond-place10small 1402112720_richmond-place10small

1084858978_richmond-place11small 1084858978_richmond-place11small

147332029_richmond-place12small 147332029_richmond-place12small782456601_richmond-place13small 782456601_richmond-place13small

site plan

6824405_richmond-place-site-location site plan

ground floor plan

1165188663_ground-floor-plan ground floor plan

first floor plan

181575240_first-floor-plan first floor plan

east elevation

1495923303_east-elevation east elevation

north elevation

566892876_north-elevation north elevation

west elevation

595302948_west-elevation west elevation

section

1829109415_section section

axo

707864198_axo axo

Advertisements