Ground floor and mezzanine. Before the work began, the house covered 950 sq. ft. (88 sq. m) and was distributed into eight rooms. The reform work configured a unique, open, and well-lit volume without losing the privacy of each zone.
The bedroom and bathroom are located on the upper floor, occupying part of the mezzanine level. This relaxation area opens onto the public zone of the house but maintains its privacy.
This project included the expansion of two apartments and the reformation of the rear of a large three-story Victorian in Dublin’s south. The inside was modified as well, with the aim of rationalizing spaces and a new bathroom and solarium added, the latter on the roof in order it to enjoy the exceptional views over the city.
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Outside, the volumes work as sculptural shapes using a bronze coating and making use of pure geometrical shapes, complemented with large glassed-in areas. The proportions and articulation of the spaces were largely determined by the context and use. The extension takes on an independent character with respect to the rest of the property.
The bronze covering gives the new volume a sculptural appearance.
The old wharves of Ghent were extremely run-down due to their long industrial use. Thanks to an ambitious city-renewal project, this zone has been targeted for house projects like this one, where a former factory from the second-half of the nineteenth-century was turned into a home.