Saturday 1 October 2016

Bauhaus design on Howth Head for €1.95m

Shielmartin Cottage €1.95m

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

The house has been inverted, with the living area upstairs, making the most of the views.
The house has been inverted, with the living area upstairs, making the most of the views.
The study/sunroom offers spectacular views over Dublin Bay.

Bauhaus architecture originated in Germany in 1919, when architect Walter Gropius was chosen to rebuild the country after the war and form a new social order. Bauhaus architects rejected 'bourgeois' details like cornicing and eaves, and instead used flat roofs and cubic shapes.

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Shielmartin Cottage in Howth was designed in the 1960s using the Bauhaus tradition. Andrew Devane, who oversaw the project, studied under the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright believed in 'organic' architecture, where structures were in harmony with humanity and its environment.

All of these aspects of architecture are evident in this home. The spaces in the house are open and the classic glass walls are used. The living space has been inverted to make the most of the sea views. There is also a large terrace and south-facing balcony where you could spend hours enjoying the panoramic vista that incorporates Bray Head, the Sugarloaf and the entire Dublin Bay.

A spiral staircase in the hall leads you up to the first floor. Here you will find a large living room with a balcony off it providing the best views in the house. There is also a kitchen, dining room, study/sunroom, two bedrooms, a dressing room, the main bathroom and a shower room on this level. The master bedroom is en suite and the sunroom opens out onto a cantilevered balcony.

On the ground floor there is another en suite bedroom, utility room and boiler room.

The house sits on a 1.1 acre site and the impressive gardens were designed by the late Professor David Robinson, one of Ireland's most celebrated horticulturalists. The plants in the garden have been imported from all over the world. There is also a garage attached to the property.

Shielmartin Cottage in Howth is on the market through agents Lisney, (01) 8840700, with a guide price of €1.95m.

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