Cleverly Stacked Floors Form a Roomy House On a Tight Lot

London Terraced Home exterior facade

Set in a conservation area, the home’s façade was designed to blend into the street’s terrace style. To that end, it is clad in red bricks from Traditional Brick & Stone and punctuated with sash windows. The concrete toned lintels hint subtly at the modernity that lies within. 

In London’s Bethnal Green district, on a site that once housed furniture workshops, Kirkwood McCarthy created a three-story home that cleverly blends into its surroundings. Thanks to a cranked roofline, an upper level addition provides room for an ample master suite without blocking the neighbors’ access to daylight. Double-height windows bring light streaming into sunken living spaces. All of this is hidden behind a façade that harmonizes perfectly with the area’s terraced run. No longer a workshop, the home is now a jewel box.

 

5 Tiny Sleeping Nooks

 

5 Tiny Sleeping Nooks

 

5 Smart-Looking Schools

Modern mid-century Los Angeles school reuse has modified hallway circulation areas

Following a period of neglect, the Welton Becket-designed New York Life Insurance Company Building in Los Angeles began life anew as the Larchmont Charter High School. DSH // architecture carried out a 21st-century update that is sensitive to the building's midcentury roots. 

 

7 Modern Cribs

Boston Pops renovation small space office kid's room.

This Boston office is also a nursery, featuring a Babyletto crib and a Smileywalls wall decal applied atop Normandy paint from Benjamin Moore.

 

Next Architects’ bat-friendly bridge has winter roosts built in to its concrete structure

The Vlotwateringbrug by Next Architects spans a river that forms an important natural pathway for the local bat population, and provides shelter for the mammals with a series of covered roosting spots. (more…)

 

On the market: 1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

Now we are putting the pieces together a little for this one, but we do believe this is a 1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland. Thanks to Mark Powell for the tip off.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

The house apparently dates back to 1970, when it was apparently built for a wealthy Dublin family, presumably as a weekend or holiday retreat.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

It looks a strange and wonderful place now. You can only imagine what the locals of the area thought when this appeared 45 years ago. Although with so much land around it, the house might well be hidden from public view.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

You get over two acres of land with this place, as well as your own private mooring. So ideal for getting away from it all. There’s also a swimming pool too, but judging by the photos, you might want to get some work done on that before you dive in.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

In fact, the whole place probably needs some work. Obviously we can’t say for sure whether that involves the wonderful reinforced concrete, steel and glass structure (we will leave that to a surveyor). But the finishes inside might well need some updating.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

Saying that, someone has obviously updated the kitchen recently and possibly the flooring too. There are some wonderful period features and fittings to play with too, including the internal doors and stairway. So maybe not as much work as you think? Again, you’ll need to view to work that one out.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

When you do, you can also see if the living space work for you. The  architect’s design puts all the main accommodation on the first floor, with just the entrance hall and a utility room on the ground floor.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

Head to the first floor and you’ll find that main space, with sliding doors off each room leading to the full walk around balcony and electric powered under floor heating to keep you warm in the winter. On this floor is a kitchen / dining area, a living / dining area, storage areas, bathroom, two bedrooms and a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

If that’s not enough, there is the option to convert the lower level to something more substantial, subject to planning permissions.

1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

The house is on the market for €275,000 if you want to take it on. Hopefully someone will, as this place deserves it,

Images and details courtesy of DNG Martin O’Connor estate agents. For more details, enquiries and to book a viewing, please visit their website.

 

New pylons by architect Erik Bystrup will “become part of the landscape”

The UK's first new electricity pylon in 90 years has been installed, with six structures designed by Danish architect Erik Bystrup now in place (+ slideshow). (more…)

 

My Houzz: They’re Right at Home in Their Schindler House (25 photos)

“The description simply read ‘Modern Architecture — Great Neighborhood,’” says Kali Nikitas about the Craigslist posting she was curious enough to click on. Luckily, it was an ad for a Rudolf M. Schindler pre–World War II speculative home, for sale by the owner in the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles....

 

Simple Box House is a Refreshing Vacation Retreat

Modern box house outside Frankfurt

In Hungen, a lakeside town, regulations require homes to occupy a footprint of no more than 538 square feet, and be only one story tall. NKBAK worked around these limitations by designing a modern home with only a partial second story.

Image courtesy of NKBAK.
 



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