* Residential Architecture: Laneway Wall Garden House by Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Residential Architecture: Laneway Wall Garden House by Donaghy & Dimond Architects: “..The project was to provide new kitchen, living and bedroom to this 19th century split level terraced Dublin house. This was achieved by stripping away previous extraneous extensions, recasting the boundary retaining wall to the rear laneway and reinstating familiar domestic forms of lean-to and covered yard accommodation arranged around a courtyard garden. The walls provide direct support for two roof elements which define the courtyard..Their lower edges rest on and are connected by a timber box-beam doubling as valley gutter that collects all rainwater from the rear of the house and diverts it to a cast concrete cistern. Bricks from the enlarged opening in the back wall are used to pave the two connected yards..The boundary wall of cast-insitu boardmarked concrete encloses and defines the garden and back yard as well as presenting a new elevation to the semi-private world of narrow rear and side lanes. This presents an unadorned material to this ambiguous urban territory that is self-finished and robust; and at close contact traces a detailed memory of the sawn Douglas Fir boards used as formwork in its casting. This same grain is mirrored in roof structure, ceiling boards, kitchen cabinets, window seat and external joinery, which are all in Douglas Fir. The richness of the untreated wood will eventually mute to become more like the light-coloured concrete and the zinc roof covering- the palette becoming more even with weathering..” Board-formed concrete, wood, abundant glazing, natural light, privacy; visual textural and materials sensibility..
image: © Ros Kavanagh; article: ”Laneway Wall Garden House / Donaghy & Dimond Architects” 25 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/246237>