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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

St. Patricks Cottages in Dublin, Ireland by ODOS Architects

February 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ODOS Architects


Our clients brief simply asked for a new family home with more light and space but they were  adamant that they did not want to move from the area. So, a new dwelling was designed to sit at  the bottom of their unloved and overgrown back garden. It is a small but prominent corner site,  bounded by a mixture of garden walls and back-land garage developments, exposed on its eastern  boundary by large open park and access road.


Night View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

  • Architect: ODOS Architects
  • Name of Project: St. Patricks Cottages
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Construction: South Lotts Engineering
  • Photography: Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects
  • Design: June 2006
  • Project Completion: August 2008
  • Total Floor Area: 162sqm

The accommodation consists of two lower level bedrooms and two bathrooms with an upper level  kitchen, utility and a large open plan living/dining area, all dispersed over three separate plates.  All of these main habitable spaces are connected both physically and visually with the private  central courtyard and the connection of these spaces is further reinforced through the use of  bamboo flooring throughout.

Side View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

The design and aesthetic of the building is a reflection of both its semi industrial context and the  particular geometry of the site. There were also certain planning constraints which when applied  to the brief became one of the main drivers behind the buildings basic concept. This meant that  the two storey element of the building was partially sunk below the existing ground line and the  resulting change in level was then utilised in section to create the complex relationship between  the main living volumes and spaces.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

This central open courtyard has also been split into two separate levels in an attempt to bridge the  gap between the surrounding spaces, extending their visual boundaries externally and providing  rooms beyond with an even exposure to southern light.

The south west facing living/dining space also protrudes slightly over the central courtyard,  providing a covered walkway to the front of the quiet secluded bedrooms below and brings the  inhabitants within touching distance of the surrounding bamboo screen.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Externally the building presents a solid exterior, painted sand and cement rendered walls and  treated timber cladding are for the most part blank, but they conceal a series of solid opening  sections to areas behind. A single section of flush panel glazing to the northern side of the living  area acts like an eyepiece looking out over the adjoining parkland and the street scape below.

Once you pass through this solid exterior you enter into an unexpected environment. Your point of  entry is marked by a double height volume and from here you are instantly drawn into the light  filled central courtyard or orientated to the living accommodation above or the sleeping  accommodation below.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects)

Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects

Images Courtesy Enda Kavanagh and ODOS Architects

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