The Sleeping giant, offers superb views as it is carved into its surroundings designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey is located in Dublin, Ireland. The 500 sq m house’s plan form is angled into the shape of the site to provide optimum views of the sea, and to bring sunshine into the house at all times of the day. The interlocking rooms step over the rocky site providing a variety of views. An outdoor dining terrace provides views of the Southern coastline.
The clients’ brief was to design a home for them and their children to live in on their return from London. The most distinctive and challenging aspect of this is the faceted concrete roof which is inspired by the granite rock formation around it. From the outside it reads like another outcrop. As the house is approached from above the view of the roof is particularly important. The concrete sparkles in the sunlight. The chamfered concrete roof is also exposed on the inside to give an angled, tent-like ceiling which reflects light throughout the day.