CEA Architects are delighted to announce that our Barn Style House in Ballygarvan, Cork has made it to the final of the RTE show “Home of the Year 2021”.

The House design made use of the Traditional Irish rural form toward the road as a carapace to provide privacy and protect the inhabitants from significant exposure the site suffers from the south East. The contrasting modern, intentional fenestration to the rear positioned the heart of the house, the main kitchen / living space, to be presented to the West facing rear garden in an manner eliciting Interior designer Suzie McAdam to remark “Really strong design.” and fellow judge, Award winning Architect, Amanda Bone to comment “I really loves this dual aspect, doors at either end and the constant light in and views out.”, adding in reference to the finished space… “I think this is one of the most creative kitchens I have ever seen”.

Regarding materiality, the dwelling is shroud in the black corrugated metal finish of the adjacent airport hangers, draped over a more traditionally residential render finish to establish a visual congruity to its context and an environmental armour, protecting residents from the noise and wind exposure the site suffers due to its proximity to the airport runway. The absence of contrast in the colour palette invites the viewer to investigate the house, inspect detail and engage with it at a personal scale. We were delighted to work with Dave on this project as he brought some great ideas to the design and therefore was not afraid to take design risks which is what you want in a client.

Hugh Wallace Architect and presenter on the RTE Home of the Year show said “The client worked with an architect to create a design that was unique, spacious and to his style” and “I think it’s just charming, to be totally honest.” and “I think it’s quite a unique home”. He also said “The subtle creativity and attention to detail throughout is a spark of genius and this is a special and intriguing home.”

Amanda Bone Architect and presenter on the RTE Home of the Year show praised the structure as “a really interesting take on Irish vernacular architecture” and “I really loves this dual aspect, doors at either end and the constant light in and views out”. She also that “this home is a great mix of the restrained and eclectic”

Suzie McAdam  Interior Designer and presenter on the RTE Home of the Year show said there was strong juxtaposition between the contemporary nature of the architecture and the considered and eclectic interior design“. She said that house was “Truly exceptional.”

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