Sunday 21 July 2019

Is the Tiger back in D4? Acclaimed architects return with black terrace for €2.4m

Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

THE internationally acclaimed Irish based architects practice ODOS has today revealed a terrace of slick broodingly black coloured cutting edge terrace homes in Dublin 4 – but you’ll need to have €2.4m in your pocket to pick up the last one.

The three smaller units have already been booked privately and the last one is now being sold on the open market - for €2.4m!

There’s more than a whiff of the Celtic Tiger from the Oakmount scheme of just four multi level homes which echo in looks many of the small schemes and one off homes designed by ODOS in the boom years of the the mid to late noughties.

Back then the practice became one of the most acclaimed designers of eye catching one-off homes for upmarket clients. Their boom era works have been hailed abroad in leading glossy magazine and design websites.

The practice, which was formed by Darrell O'Donoghue along with David O'Shea, is renowned for reinterpreting old themes like Georgian terraces and mews dwelling in a  new and contemporary way.

Since the crash it has emerged as working often for developers – in this case, Oakmount. Recently O’Donoghue, departed from the practice for other projects leaving David O’Shea to head up the Dublin based team.

 The black houses are situated on Morehampton Lane which runs parallel to Morehampton Road in Donnybrook and is considered to be yet another take by ODOS on the modern mews formula.

The homes are set over 3 levels with an interconnecting kitchen, dining and living room, each with a feature fire place.

Each dwelling has been finished to a high specification with underfloor heating throughout and aluminium triple glazed thermally broken glazing as standard.

The entrance hallways are a contrast to the dark brooding "stealthexteriors. Here, a double height space with rooflights above creates a light filled interior complemented by clean minimal design with white walls and a polished concrete floor.

A full height sliding door reveals the living space to the front lined with a white oiled oak herringbone timber floor which opens out to its own private terrace. The iroko timber screen offers additional privacy to the living space. 

An open plan kitchen and dining space is located which in turn steps down to a lower lounge and rear garden.

The bespoke kitchens and pantry have been designed, supplied and fitted by Bushell Interiors using Italian brand Euromobil. The matt lacquer handle-less doors add a contemporary look against the full-height recessed-flush with a wall of calacatta marble from Italy. 

The kitchens have been fitted with a Bosch Oven & Combo microwave, Siemens extra quiet dishwasher with adjustable racks, Siemens Gas Hob with black glass.

The remaining house comes with a Liebherr Fridge Freezer with plumbed ice-maker in freezer.  These are the Rolls Royce of appliances, and are favoured by chefs with their patented ‘Bio Fresh’ system.

All wall units include fully-integrated LED lights. Other exceptional features include a double trough under-mounted sink, a pull-out spray nozzle tap with instant boiling water and a filtered cold-water tap, as well as a recessed drainer that combines style and purpose. All appliances are seamlessly integrated with Evoline pop-up power points and USB connections for the tech fanatic.

 The upper floor contains two bedrooms to the rear with bespoke wardrobes and full height, full width glazing that overlooks a planted roof and rear garden.

A separate staircase lined with full height timber fins, next to the double height space and black marble feature wall, leads to the master bedroom and gives a visual connection between the upper floors and ground floor below.

On the upper level, the master bedroom features its own private walk-in-wardrobe, ensuite with double shower, and private terrace overlooking the front garden.

The basement level accommodates a home office, bathroom, utility and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and full width, full height glazing with direct access to the sunken courtyard.

The bathrooms have Italian mirrored bathroom cabinets, with frameless mirrored doors, that have been custom made to maximise storage.

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