Completed in August of 2009, the 64 square meter extension to a cottage in Dalkey / Ireland, emphasizes natural light, a minimal color palette and a zeros-cape garden. The simple extension connects the ground floor level with the rear of the main house. A grand expanse of glass allows the garden to become part of the interior as it creates a tone of tranquility and calmness over the interior experience. A black terrazo floor spans as an ocean of dark color to set the backdrop for the custom made furniture by Wild Child Originals. A PK22 chair, with chrome plated matte steel and original tan leather sits quietly but formally adjacent to a desk overlooking the courtyard. Detailed with beautiful patina support, this early production model from E Kold Christiansen in 1956, warms and anchors a sense of history and memory to the dwelling.
The space pulls your eye to the sudden splashes of color provided by warm wood, a basket of fruit and the green brush in the garden. The reduction of color allows the space to feel bigger as the clean lines lead you to the primary spaces washed by light. The space successfully integrates function into beauty as the details are embedded into the interior. A simple floor lamp is the only visible light source as the natural daylight floods the interior space. The shower and washroom area is softened with a rich, dark color as it creates a welcoming experience in this area of high use.
The concealed cabinetry and storage spaces allow the space to stay at the forefront of importance. Furthermore, ODOSarchitects were able to understate even the stairs as the flush in color with the rest of the walls and not only make the space feel bigger but clearly make this circulation element nearly transparent. A beautiful execution of balance, function and comfort shapes the extension into a beautiful retreat from work.
Another great project by the same firm that brought us Ballymahon. ODOSarchitects not only put Ireland in the contemporary architectural map but also beyond as they are given the opportunity to create more dwellings like this.
Ballymahon residence // Image Courtesy of ODOSarchitects
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