Contemporary Rural House – Man O War Contemporary Rural House Man of War This project was for a new home for a young couple starting off on family life. The brief was for a modest house with a floor area of circa 1800 sq.m. on a rural site in North Dublin. From the very beginning the rural location of the site informed the context of the design and it was important to design a house that would be in keeping with the Rural location and surrounding context of the site. While traditional in form, this house takes a contemporary feel by the detailing and application of materials. The home has been designed as a two storey country house, which allows for the most efficient use of the floor plan to maximise accommodation. This two storey element can at times lead to difficulty with the county planners so it was really important to us that we were able to convince them of the design. This was done through a architectural design statement which we submitted with the planning application which demonstrated that the design was in keeping with the surrounding context through the use of the traditional from, rhythm and material choice for the house. The house was designed to maximise passive solar gain to the southern aspect and to take full advantage of views to the west and north of the site. Overall the floor plan has evolved in response as a bespoke solution to the site opportunities. Externally the façade of the house will have white plaster to the walls, corrugated metal to the roof and exposed concrete to the porch and chimney and a natural larch timber to the pagoda to the rear. The materials have been carefully chosen and applied to the design as to be in keeping with the beautiful setting and context of the site while also giving the home a contemporary feel through the refined detailing throughout.