This project involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a Listed Victorian terrace house in central Dublin. The design focused on examining how a raised ground housing style from the late Victorian era could meet the needs of modern living. Specifically, it explored how the lower and upper ground floors could be interconnected to accommodate contemporary lifestyle requirements. The main stairwell and associated return levels were altered to connect the two floors more closely, while walls at the first–floor level were reconfigured to draw daylight deep into the lower ground floor through the roof.
As well as enhancing the original features, careful study of the building fabric uncovered opportunities to create contemporary space to the rear. The existing return was demolished and replaced with a new dining room on the lower ground floor and an additional bedroom above. The new bedroom, wrapped in bronze, appears to float above the concrete volume of the dining room, allowing changing patterns of sunlight to animate the interior.
- Dartmouth Square House
- Private Client
- January 2011
- Dublin, Ireland
- Alan Dempsey
- Ros Kavanagh
- Structural Engineer: CORA Quantity Surveyor: WMQS