NEW DWELLING IN RURAL MEATH
McKevitt King Architects are delighted to have recently obtained a decision to grant planning permission for a new detached dwelling located on a unique rural site in the heart of Co. Meath.
The sites location and existing characteristics offer a number of unique features which have contributed to the development of the proposed design. The clients desire to create a contemporary, private family home which would capture the spectacular rural views and pull them deep into every space, posed as quite a design challenge. The agricultural location and context inspired a reinterpretation of the vernacular style, reimagining the vernacular farmhouses and cottages to create a contemporary family home. The concept of focused views in a rural setting also became a strong driver in the development of the design, generating an idea of an ‘upside down house’. The main living spaces are located upstairs, allowing spectacular panoramic views across the landscape.
The form of the proposed dwelling emphasizes function, simplicity, and rationality in its aesthetic. Inspired by immediate context, the style of expression, building form and material choice are to be interpreted as a traditional classic with a contemporary twist. Two distinct pitched roof forms arranged in an ‘L’ are linked by linear planes made up of flat roofs, canopies and an upper terrace creating this contemporary new dwelling. This arrangement and orientation have been carefully considered to maximize the site’s orientation in relation to the sun path. This will lead to passive solar gains and reduced energy consumption.
We look forward to the next stages of the this unique rural project!