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A House in a Garden

Photo: David Leech Architects

A House in a Garden

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Saturday 14 October

This new house is situated in a garden at the end of a short terrace of a 1940’s estate in Clontarf, on the fringe of Dublin city centre. On the ground floor a cross-shaped core divides a roughly square plan into four public rooms: a hall, kitchen, dining and living room. A continuous loop of circulation is located around the perimeter. The majority of the supporting structure is located away from the exterior within the internal cross-shaped core. This allows a curtain of glass and timber folding doors to wrap the outside of the house at ground level on the garden side. On fine days, the folding doors can slide back from the corners allowing the house to spread outside. Externally, the house is treated in a manner similar to the existing estate, where the house meets the lane-way a simple gable is projected with the image of a doorway and window set in relief.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed.

Designed by: David Leech Architects
Building Date: 2017

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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