The House is located on an elevated position above Dalkey village and its extensive site slopes steeply down to the north providing views over Dublin bay.
The new house is a contemporary and modern interpretation of a typical Dalkey, Victorian single storey over lower ground typology. Accessed via a bridge/steps to its single storey piano nobile, it was designed to maximize the qualities of the site and accommodation in the brief while retaining the single storey street frontage. The Ground floor is raised slightly by 1.2m to exploit panoramic views over Dublin Bay.
The kitchen and dining are to the south facing front gravel forecourt, sheltered by a deep double storey loggia for protection from the elements and privacy. To the rear a large split level living room and roof terrace look north to the sea and distant Howth Head.
On the lower level to the south cut from the rock is a sunken south facing courtyard providing private communal space for the childrens 6 bedrooms which have privacy, light and fresh air. Central to the lower level is a top lit oak and glass staircase, opening onto a common room area that acts as a buffer zone to the study, master bedroom and access to the stepped garden, landscaped limestone steps and garden office.
John Feely: senior architect design and project management with de blacam and meagher architects 1997- 2007.