Boyer Kennihan Architects completes St. Jude's Residence in Ireland
The client purchased the site in rural Connemara with an existing derelict house on it. Due to the location of the site within a restrictive scenic amenity zone, the planning requirements dictated that the existing house be retained despite its obvious lack of architectural merit. The project was thus limited to an extension and refurbishment with the requirement that it be executed through a highly sensitive approach. The design thus maintains the original pitched roof and front and rear facades, in order to preserve the image of the original building, while the gable ends were completely removed allowing the insertion of a new single storey volume. The volume extensions are kept as low as possible and finished with a glossy black render to reflect and blend into the surrounding vegetation. In contrast, the original facades were revived in white paint conveying the traditional image of the country cottage. Internally the house reads as a whole. The rooms are formed by thicknesses, cabinets as walls, accommodating furniture such as a desk, a closet, a stair, a bath, or a bench.