Shaolin Cottage


Location: Killesk, New Ross, Wexford, Ireland

Area: 96 sq.m.

Year: 2019

Shaolin cottage is a gem hidden near New Ross, County Wexford. The existing house retains the original character enhanced by the labor of love of its owners. The cottage is surrounded by mature trees in an extremely private setting. The owners’ brief included additional accommodation and a proper kitchen and bathroom. Attention to Feng Shui principles was also one of the initial requirements.

The design aimed to keep the ‘chi’ energy flowing gently throughout the house. This influenced the overall layout, the location of the windows and the orientation of the rooms. Symmetry was also an important concept used to achieve balance and harmony.

The curved shape was designed to complement and interconnect with the existing rectangular shape (cottage) with a view to achieve a ‘yin-yang’ relationship.

This project was Finalist of the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2021.