Square House

A mews house was constructed in the grounds of a large period house overlooking the sea outside Dublin. The project explores the boundary between nature and abstract architecture; the concept, a cube subdivided into a Cartesian grid- makes four interlocking squares, one open to the sky, three roofed, offering a range of views and sightings of the sea and gardens. 

The house had to be discreet, providing privacy for its occupants, yet taking advantage of the elevation over the bay. Windows are grouped, certain views framed, leaving plain walls as surface for the shadow of trees to play on. Like a Roman house, its life is focused inwards or to a particular vista. Each elevation is treated as a simple plane with a limited palette of materials. The open court can be closed with an oak sliding screen - it is treated like an outdoor room with a low horizontal slit window framing a very particular slice of landscape.