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McGarry-Moon Architects

McGarry-Moon Architects

Kilrea, County Londonderry

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McGarry-Moon Architects - House Lough Gowna

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Located on the western shores of Lough Gowna in County Cavan, this quiet and unpretentious dwelling embodies a deep ambition to assimilate with its rural surroundings. Traditional building techniques have been combined with contemporary technologies to create a simple and elegant home, with systems for functional and ecological demands.

The design externally expresses the ground floor as a natural stone wall and glazed plinth with a floating timber-clad first floor above. Three free-flowing spaces dominate this ground floor space, with ancillary spaces occupying the north of the property. The first floor holds three bedrooms, a family bathroom, and master suite. The roof configuration creates an accentuated feeling of space in these rooms. The zinc roof composition further minimises the height of the building, thus reducing the impact of the proposed dwelling in the surrounding area and the view from Lough Gowna.

The house incorporates the clients criteria regarding comfort, cost-saving and environmental friendliness whilst re-evaluating the vernacular with unconventional shapes and materials, yet at the same time underscoring the uniqueness of the location and the surrounding landscape.