Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Brick Thickness in Dublin, Ireland by A2 Architects
January 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: A2 Architects
The introduction of the Luas light rail service along the old Harcourt Street railway line in Dublin, Ireland has resulted in a blurring of private and public space for houses backing onto the railway; a reversal occurs resulting in the rear of these houses being presented as a new front.
This project makes a buffer in the form of a brick thickness that is added to the rear of one such house. A new family room, an extended kitchen/dining area and an extended first floor bedroom are accommodated in this thickness. The loose flowing form of the brick envelope offers both an enclosing shelter from the passing public and an opening aspect to the southerly and westerly orientation of the back garden.
Window and door openings made in the brickwork emphasise the taut brick envelope: corner windows extend out flush with the brickwork, a sliding door opening returns inwards to make a deep central recess, a small incidental opening is punched through the brick to admit light onto the kitchen worktop. A roof-light of deep baffles stitches the existing house to the new brick extension allowing light to penetrate deep into the plan.
A reflective concrete terrazzo surface flows from kitchen/dining area through to the family room creating new diagonal relationships between the extended rooms.
Fixed furniture and a dropped ceiling in veneered oak panelling are given the same elasticity as the external brickwork, being made to turn corners with both flush surfaces and occasional deep recesses.
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