The clients for this house have enjoyed a number of structures at this site overlooking Lough Nee and close to Roundstone in Connemara, Co. Galway for many years. HRA have developed a sequence of simple building designs options, one iteration of which is represented here with a holiday house and separate studio.
The house has a cross plan which references the Johnsrud House, Baerum (1978) and Villa, NorrKoeping (1963) by Sverre Fehn. The main rooms in each wing can be joined or separated from the central square core by means of large slider doors allowing for night-time cellular use and open plan daytime use. This flexibility of spatial arrangement is intended to allow a family to survive the Connemara weather within a relatively small house!
The separate studio is a single triangular space with a thick wall of ancillary accommodation. Both buildings are to be constructed with thick cast concrete with large boulders interrupting the concrete surface. An in-situ concrete roof will carry an intensive planted roof with local marram grass. The topography of the site is such that only the roof finishes will be visible from the adjacent road.