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Two houses, Morehampton Road, Dublin

Challenge

The refurbishment and extension of an existing Victorian House and construction of a new mews house to the rear, with shared garden between.

Solution

In keeping with the local residential context, brick has been used as the primary material, with a seemingly endless range of bond patterns and treatments creating a distinctive appearance. Taking a key from the Flemish-bond brickwork of the Victorian house, the mews house facades utilise a unique bond, created by ‘separating’ the Flemish bond into two layers, and conceptually situating the home in the space between. To the front façade, a ‘projecting brick’ layer changes appearance depending on natural light conditions, while to the rear, the facade becomes a mesh of brickwork with the holes left by the projecting bricks allowing natural ventilation to the rooms behind. Internally, a massive brick chimney provides focus, with a variety of brickwork bonds adding textural interest and a rough squeeze joint giving a fabric-like visual softness. To the Victorian house, a wall of matching brickwork creates a backdrop for a panel of custom made glazed bricks, developed in conjunction with Ibstock’s Design Advisory Service.

Architect: TAKA Architects

Brick Type(s): Birtley Old English Buff

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