Located in Dublin, Ireland, Abhaile was designed by KMD Architecture. The challenge was to provide, within a smaller envelope, the scale and elegance of our clients’ former home without resorting to a miniature version of the original. The three-storey section (basement and two upper floors), the elegant central roof-lit stairs and provision of abundant natural light to almost every room achieved a contemporary solution to the challenge of the project. The new home developed and improved the ‘mews’ typology by creating elegance in vertical circulation, abundance of natural light, additional accommodation (playroom, spa room, large utility room and significant storage) over and above the generous living accommodation which is often lacking in ‘mews’ house solutions.
To respect and respond to the siting of the house, which is viewed from the original Victorian house, the project envelope is ‘neutralised’ and carefully restrained by completing all solid elements, the flat roof and walling in a 600mm x 600mm grey ceramic tile system. All the elements of structure of the house are in in-situ concrete, insulated externally, which provides ‘thermal mass’ comfort and quiet acoustic performance to the internal environment.