Architects: Steve Larkin     Photography: Shantanu Starik     Construction Period:  2022     Location:  Carlow, Ireland

This house is located on a family farm in the historic Slyguff landscape in Co. Carlow. The client’s family has been curators of this landscape for generations and continues to play an important role in the conservation of its natural, cultural and archaeological character. This home enables the younger generation to continue this tradition.

Context is very important. Cultural artefacts, with origins in farming, archaeology, neo-classicism, Victorian industry and infrastructure, contribute significantly to the spatial character of this landscape. This house seeks to integrate into this landscape character by emphasizing new relationships with these artefacts.

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The house is both a singular object in landscape and a collection of elements that form the assemblage of the project. At the landscape scale, a strong geometry is set against the undulating farmland and the archetypal geometry of the adjacent ringfort. An inverted plinth integrates the house on the site makes a space in landscape similar to the ringfort. At the project scale, a warm envelope is covered by a cast-in-situ concrete outer shell. The collection of elements, rainfall gutters, windows, gables, columns, tapestry ceilings, plinths, greenhouses, gargoyles, etc. provide opportunities for syntactical order.

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