Commercial / Development | Residential
We had a nervous encounter with a cherry picker when assessing the full potential of this wooded site on the edge of Galway city - but it was worth it. It enabled us to fully appreciate the captivating views across Galway Bay with the city and Cathedral dome in the foreground, and a vista of the River Corrib to the north which were partially obscured by the existing vegetation on site. The challenging site topography and our historical research generated a courtyard design concept, also allowing us to retain and enhance the enclosed wooded character of the site and most of its natural contours. We worked closely with the project arborist from McCarthy Keville O Sullivan and Colin Cooney Landscape Design to preserve the key trees and to protect what makes the site so distinctive - its particular character which initially attracted our clients to the site. The four family homes are clustered to form a courtyard on the upper plateau of the site, creating a new shared amenity space as the central focus. The houses have been individually designed to respond to each family's brief, site and orientation, while ensuring that the impressive views , light and passive solar gain are maximised. The courtyard layout and the unified vernacular architectural language of the houses reflects the transitional nature of the site – located between established suburbs and low density individual one-off houses and farmland.