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A natural habitat: Co Wicklow A-rated scheme uses biophilic design concept to win over buyers

Development has focused on connecting occupants with nature via woodland-inspired interiors, energy-efficient means and multiple on-site parks and pitches for a more sustainable and inclusive community

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Tinakilly Park in Rathnew, Co Wicklow is surrounded by woodland and wildflower meadows

Tinakilly Park in Rathnew, Co Wicklow is surrounded by woodland and wildflower meadows

Earthy tones in the reception room are used to reflect the natural environment

Earthy tones in the reception room are used to reflect the natural environment

Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors

Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors

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Tinakilly Park in Rathnew, Co Wicklow is surrounded by woodland and wildflower meadows

Tinakilly Park, Rathnew, Co Wicklow Asking price: from €495,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402 & REA Forkin (0404) 61 933

Who wants to live in a new home built using the biophilic design concept? It’s something we’re sure to hear a lot more about in the future when it comes to the thinking behind the construction of new homes. But for now, the principle has made its way to Wicklow.

Tinakilly Park in Rathnew has been built by developers D/Res with a heavy emphasis on biophilia — the fundamental goal of which is to create a habitat that allows its occupants to connect more closely with nature. As we move into a more built-up environment, it gets harder to bring ourselves back to nature. At this development, the aim is to create a sustainable and inclusive community.

With the help of architects Scott Tallon Walker, D/Res has worked hard to include as much natural light in the properties, while offering easy access to nature, all within an energy-efficient model. The homes at Tinakilly Park are set in a woodland location with multiple on-site parks and pitches for residents to use. It’s located next to Tinakilly Country House, a Victorian hotel known for its beautiful grounds.

The eight-hectare site aims to complement its neighbours, with the help of Murray and Associates Landscape Architects, which has increased the ecological value of the development through the installation of native woodland, wildflower meadows and natural water features.

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Earthy tones in the reception room are used to reflect the natural environment

Earthy tones in the reception room are used to reflect the natural environment

Earthy tones in the reception room are used to reflect the natural environment

When completed, there will be 300 houses in total in the scheme. This weekend sees the launch of 20 four and five-bed semi-detached houses. They range in size from 1,410sq ft to 1,572sq ft for the four-beds and the five-bed is 2,235sq ft, with prices starting at €495,000.

Each home is A-rated and comes with a Daikin heat pump and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system. As an optional extra, D/Res has teamed up with Pinergy and AIB to provide the opportunity for residents to upgrade to give themselves the ability to self-generate renewable energy with solar panels. They’ve taken it a step further by linking the houses together to create a microgrid where electricity can be shared between neighbours, which will also reduce the demand on the national grid.

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Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors

Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors

Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors

Inside the interiors have been inspired by the woodlands, with earthy tones throughout and materials that reflect the natural environment. Kitchens are fitted with contemporary units with soft-close drawers and doors. 

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Ideal Standard sanitary ware is fitted in all bathrooms and the houses are wired for high-speed broadband with infrastructure installed for Virgin Media, Eir and Siro.

Tinakilly Park is a 10-minute walk from Rathnew village, a 20-minute walk to the beach and a 22-minute walk to the train station. A drive into Dublin city should take an hour, depending on the time of day.

Viewings are today from 3pm to 5pm and from 10am to midday tomorrow with joint agents Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402 and REA Forkin (0404) 61933.



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