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Brandon House Hotel Returns to its Full Glory

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.

River House – Kilkenny

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…

Clonmore House – Wexford

Re-inventing the traditional farmyard layout.

The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 10

Good or bad! Your Architect wants to hear from you. Your Architect wants to know if you are happy with his/her services, how can he/she improve or if there is a better way to do things.

Irish Construction Costs 2017

Useful information to guide you on the costs for your construction project in Ireland. This will help you to estimate an approximate figure for your building costs.
In 2017 the Irish economy will continue to recover but a shortage of skilled labour has lead to an upward trend in tender levels.

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Isabel’s Picks for Summer 2018



Forget the grey days


Teknos, Aquacoat, Wooden windows, doors, timber cladding, softwoods, hardwoods, engineered and modified timbers, UMBRELLA SUNSHADE WITH SEAT, Paola Lenti, dESIGNER F. Rota, OUTDOOR KITCHEN, Compact Island Outdoor, Estel, POUF, TREE GRILLE, Lab23, LAB.SP.001



Manufacturer: Paola Lenti

Designer: F. Rota

Name: Clique

Price range: n/a

Material: Seating – multiplayer wood; stress resistant polyurethane foam; polyester covering. Side table and parasol: coated aluminium.

Available to Ireland from:  Paola Lenti



Manufacturer: Teknos

Price range: €42/3 litres

Applications: Wooden windows, doors, timber cladding, softwoods, hardwoods, engineered and modified timbers.

Key facts: Water based; Reduced VOC levels; Flexible, durable, micro porous protective film; Resistant to bacterial, mould and UV attack; 3 sheen levels available; Delivered ready for use; Spray or brush application.

Available to Ireland from:  Teknos.co.uk



Manufacturer: Estel

Name: Compact Island Outdoor

Price range: n/a

Material: 100% stainless steel with coated or Acciaio Corten finish. Sliding top: the structure of the sliding top is in powder coated metal with ceramic top.

Key Facts:The sliding worktop allows to access the washing and cooking area, becoming also a useful breakfast table.

Available to Ireland from:  Estel



Manufacturer: Paola Lenti

Designer: F. Rota

Name: Otto

Price range: n/a

Material: Structure: padded with polystyrene spheres encased in polyester fabric. Upholstery: removable cover in Rope cord sewn with a spiral-like pattern.

Available to Ireland from: Paola Lenti



Manufacturer: Lab23

Name: LAB.SP.001

Price range: n/a

Material: Powder coated steel.

Available to Ireland from: Lab23


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Clonmore House – Wexford


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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Let’s Not Forget About… Regulating Lines


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.

Le Corbusier


Regulating lines applied to Notre Dame, Paris

Regulating lines applied to Notre Dame, Paris



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.

Le Corbusier

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