Skerries Renovation & Extension
Existing Building –Single storey traditional style semi detached cottage.
Extension is greater than 40 sq.m which required Planning Permission.
Design solution by Ian Black was to separate the existing cottage & new extension so that each had a separate identity. The two buildings were connected using a glazed link set up on the circulation axis from front door & continued through the extension as a glass roofed atrium . Courtyard spaces were created each side of the link, which allowed natural light into bedrooms in the new extension in addition to sunlight into the existing cottage .
The plan form of the new extension was ‘fish’ shaped in reference to the location . The curved ‘head’ contains the open plan kitchen/dining/family area, the mouth of the ‘fish’ is the south facing faceted glass screen which opens out to patio & south facing garden. The ‘tail’ is the existing cottage , comprises a new living room , and the ‘ spine ‘ is the circulation route from glazed link to atrium connecting the head with the tail , new with old.
The palette of materials is stone , slate & hardwood windows in existing cottage , and white render, hardwood windows & zinc roofing to extension.