When planning laws say the Neoclassical façade of the house you’re demolishing must remain, but require your new build to be contemporary in ideas, form, and materials, where do you start?
For the designer of this stunning Dublin mews property, the answer was to use architectural glazing to create a striking and original two-part home that moulds itself around the old façade.
As you enter the building, the deep white plaster recess acts like a grand porch, drawing you beyond the board-marked, black concrete front into a private courtyard that separates the two parts of the home.
The retained Neoclassical façade now forms the rear portion of the front building and is connected by a glass and metal bridge on the ground floor to the second part of the home.
To playfully reflect its Neoclassical twin, the second part of the house also features a large façade, but made entirely of glass. Across the courtyard, old and new elements marry together and unify the two sections into a single home.
The glass façade also helps create a tall, light-filled space in the second part of the home. This contains the kitchen, dining and living areas. Black concrete is used again for the ceilings, while white marble and zebrawood add a luxurious sense to the interior.
Clever use of architectural glazing doesn’t just help tell a story in this house, it also floods the home with natural light, giving it a clean and sophisticated feel that is every bit as grand as the Georgian terraced properties that share the leafy southern suburb in which it sits.