Houses in running for architecture awards
Three different houses are among the 55 buildings short-listed in this year's public voting section of the Architecture Awards.
The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland are inviting the public to vote for their favourite building and voting finishes today.
One of the houses, 1 Strawberry Hill, Sunday's Well, Cork, was designed by its owner, architect Haroldo de Oliveira.
It is built on a sloping site on the verge of a road to take advantage of views over Cork City, the Lee Valley and University College Cork.
The two-bedroom home enjoys a courtyard and roof-top garden. Light, space, simplicity and clean lines are achieved by using glass, timber and concrete.
"Because of the beautiful light that floods the upper floor, I designed the open-plan kitchen and living area upstairs. Downstairs the light is more subdued for sleeping," explains de Oliveira, who is a senior partner at architects Jack Coughlan & Associates.
"It's very bright, cheerful, easy to keep, and the living area is great for entertaining," he adds.
At Farney Park in Dublin's Sandymount, another beautiful home blends contemporary living with original 1930s design. This extensive renovation project was undertaken by owner and architect Emmett Scanlon of CASTarchitecture.
"We didn't need more space, but wanted to make it suitable for contemporary living while respecting its character and features," explains Scanlon.
Original features like tiled fireplaces, ceiling coving and doors have been restored.
The rear of the house has been opened up, making the entire space bright and fluid. Dividing walls have been knocked but each room is still framed in oak to give a sense of division.
"Even though the space is opened up, each room still retains its identity as a separate room. But when you come into the hall you can look right through to the garden," explains Scanlon.
Externally the scullery-kitchen has been clad in cedar wood, while the kitchen is lined with birch ply panels, giving a warm but contemporary look.
At 107 Rinsgend Park, Dublin 4, Boyd Cody Architects have been nominated for their refurbishment of an existing house and an extension to the rear.
An aluminium 'cube and tube' structure was added to the rear of the house, with the 'cube' comprising a new master bedroom with en suite at first floor, while the 'tube' accommodates the dining area at ground floor and staircase leading from the hall to the upstairs landing.
To vote for your favourite building log on to irisharchitectureawards.ie