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107 Ringsend Park

  • Architect:
    Boyd Cody Architects
  • Award Type:
    Best House Extension 2010
  • Location: Dublin
107 Ringsend Park

Among a crowded field of envy-inducing domestic extensions, this beautifully crafted project shows innovation and wit as both building and commentary on the act of building.

The project involved the re-planning and refurbishment of the existing house and the construction of a new addition to the rear.

The project is an arrangement of three distinct elements. The new ‘return’ is broken into two interlocking forms- a rendered ‘cube’ and a folded aluminium ‘tube’, held away from the existing house by a translucent glazed entrance hall and upper landing. The third form, the existing house still plays the dominant role in this assemblage through its size, continuity and familiarity of form.

The ‘cube’ holds the master en-suite bedroom at first floor with a view to the park and the kitchen at ground floor has a view to the river. The ‘tube’ accommodates the dining area at ground floor and the staircase leading from the hall to the first floor landing.

When I first brought the architects down to see the site, the house was in total disrepair but it had very interesting views. The front looks out over The Liffey and the Docks, so it was a city view, while the back overlooks a park and is south facing. So, the brief that I gave to the architects was to maximise these views, keep the old house build an extension and to optimise the internal space to give as many rooms as possible. They decided to move the front door around to the side and move the staircase to fulfil these requirements.

They are a firm that are very interested in finishes and details and have left me with a beautiful house that will stand the test of time.