This constructed 320sqm design project is located next to a major public road and in the centre of a village, next to a Grade A listed oval stone church and on the edge of a conservation area. The project allowed the investigation, research and innovation of the design as urban artefact and as construction - focusing on the relationship with its context, the external rain screen cladding system and internal exposed finish of the insitu concrete wall construction.
Set amongst a series of public buildings New Dwelling appears from the road to be “more hall than house” with the majority of glazing set southward, away from the public road, to maximise solar gain with the added benefit of enhanced privacy. Dark grey fibre-cement tiles set in a basket weave pattern provide a visually recessive simplicity that is subservient to the detail and intricacy of the adjacent listed church. The structure is a substantial insitu concrete perimeter wall, external insulated and exposed internally to maximise thermal mass. Floor structures span across from one perimeter wall to the other, with internal walls being lightweight and removable, simplifying construction and increasing flexibility. The formwork for the interior was Oriented Strand Board, giving a varied texture to the “visually soft” final finish which resonates with the surrounding landscape and was forgiving of the variation of quality of workmanship often found in exposed concrete finishes. The outputs and publications led to Alan Jones advising Terry Pawson Architects (London), who adopted OSB formwork for the extensive areas of internally exposed concrete surfaces of their Carlow Arts Centre, Ireland, completed 2009.
Mrs L K Jones
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The Sunday Times - Culture (Apr 2006), Blueprint (May 2006), Architecture Today (Sep 2006), Passive & Low Energy Architecture Conference (Geneva) (Sept 2006), Modern Ulster Architecture (Oct 2006), Hinge (Hong Kong) (Nov 2006), Fibre-Cement: Technology & Design (2006), Domus (Italy) (Apr 2007), RIBA Guide to Architectural Concrete (Book, 2007), Architecture + Detail, (May 2007), Vision (China) (Sept 2007), RIAI Journal (Feb 2008), Toward a New Architecture: Ulster (Book, 2008), , Concrete Elegance 4 (2008), BBC Radio Sunday Sequence (Broadcast, Jan 2008), Concrete Centre: Architectural Concrete Studio Design Guide (2010), Full Irish - New Architecture in Ireland (Book, 2010), House & Housing 101 (Book, 2012), European Heritage Open Days (2007 & 2013).
RSUA Award 2006. RSUA Housing Category Award Winner 2004-2006.
RIBA Award 2007. Shortlisted for the 2007 RIBA Manser Medal for Innovation in Housing.