Most conservation challenges are complex and many difficult challenges have arisen during the Works. Isabel Barros Architects are proud to have achieved a fantastic result through good collective teamwork and strict budget control.
The site presents a number of challenges, including a house over 150 years old, the proximity to a Special Area of Conservation (River Nore), the existing topography, and so on…
The timber frame structure of a typical 2 storey semi-detached house can be constructed in approximately 1 week
Re-inventing the traditional farmyard layout.
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One thing we can take it from granted when we visit a rural site in Ireland – green pastures!
On our first visit to this site we were greeted by our young clients and Bel, the sheep.
It was easy to get lost in the stunning open views of the hills but Bel reminded us this was a working farm.
This site in North Wexford has a gentle south-facing slope and it offers the ideal location for our farmer client to build his future family home.
Re-inventing the traditional farmyard layout
The proposal was strongly inspired by the rural location, the farm environment and the close proximity to existing farm buildings. The traditional farmyard layout (see no. 1 below) was the starting point for the new scheme.
The existing site contours are used as the regulating lines for the new layout. They shift the smaller volume until it is stopped by the 2 storey volume (see no. 2 above). The result is a layout that easily meets the current lifestyle of its occupants while reflecting cultural values of the traditional farmyard layout.
The main living spaces open up to south to enjoy the best views and passive solar gains. The windows frame the views to the surrounding farmlands and hills. The bedrooms face east to enjoy the morning light. The living room connects to an outside space that is sheltered from the weather and can be used all year around.
A palette of natural and man-made materials is proposed. Stone walls feature throughout the house recalling the character of agricultural buildings. The zinc has a strong agricultural feel that balances the composition whilst connecting the traditional gabled volumes. This is contrasted with the stone and white render which act as contemporary, yet rural materials.
The layout optimises the use of solar energy and aims to achieve an A3 BER rating (50 kWh/m2/yr).
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An inevitable element of Architecture.
The necessity for order. The regulating line is a guarantee against wilfulness. It brings satisfaction to the understanding.
The regulating line is a means to an end; it is not a recipe. Its choice and the modalities of expression given to it are an integral part of architectural creation.
A regulating line is an assurance against capriciousness: it is a means of verification which can ratify all work created in a fervour.
The regulating line is a satisfaction of a spiritual order which leads to the pursuit of ingenuous and harmonious relations. It confers on the work the quality of rhythm.
The choice of the regulating line is one of the decisive moments of inspiration, it is one of the vital operations of architecture.
This year will be the 9th year that Isabel gives her time for free to the Simon Communities of Ireland.
The Simon Communities of Ireland work with people who experience homelessness and housing exclusion in Ireland. Simon has a vision of society where no one is homeless. All people who are homeless, or at risk of facing homelessness, are given every opportunity to realise their potential to live fulfilled lives in appropriate homes of their own.
The annual RIAI Simon Open Door event takes place May 14th to 20th 2018.Members of the public can now book a consultation with a RIAI Registered Architect by signing up at www.simonopendoor.ie. The donation of €90 will go directly to the Simon Community of Ireland as all Architects are giving their time and expertise for free.
Monies raised through the Simon Open Door campaign will go directly to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society, those without a place to call home.
A €90 donation could go towards:
- Providing 9 people with a warm bed for the night.
- 5 Counselling Sessions.
- Providing Simon’s rough sleeper team with 4 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets.
- Providing a home starter pack for those who are moving to their own homes.
- 6 weeks of art/literacy classes.
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