AQSO conceptualises house in Galway formed of several interlocking volumes
In a country like Ireland, where many families live in private houses with a courtyard, extensions are a very common way to adapt the residence to new family situations. This house stands in a low density residential area near Galway. The flat landscape is characterised by irregular plots, small roads and green pastures.
Starting from a traditional house scheme with rectangular shape, the existing building extends the east side to incorporate a bigger living room, an extra bedroom and a study upstairs. In contrast with the closed geometry of the existing volume, the rear of the house becomes a light concrete skin enclosing a new façade totally open to the backyard.
Arrangement of the spaces and interior circulation are solved with a simple gesture. The day functions are interconnected while the bedroom becomes an independent element. Both elements rely on each other enhancing the shape of the staircase that connects them and releasing the facade into the garden. The wooden slat system that protects the front, allows the residents to control the incidence of the sun while making the extension of the house a permeable piece linked with the outside.
The programme is complete with an outdoor spa placed in a small pavilion located in front of the house, which size and language establish a dialog with the main building.