This robust house responds to its context – the landscape of Co. Meath. Three simple blackened timber volumes are located to create a sheltered south-west courtyard and to take advantage of the views across the site and beyond. The pared back palette of concrete, timber, glazing and metal roofing evokes local vernacular buildings. Each material junction is considered and kept to its simplest form. This project is a great example of a successful client-architect-contractor collaboration. The charring of the external larch boards creates a self-protection for the timber. The resulting textures and tones of the blackened timber help settle the house into its environs.
photos by Alice Clancy