These contemporary rural dwelling houses for two brothers in south Derry are each delightfully conceived, responding directly to their individual sittings.
The elder brother’s T-shaped plan is a reinterpretation of traditional Irish farm dwellings where barn-like structures dependent on local material’s structural properties gave dwellings simple form and proportion.
A single storey flat-roofed contemporary block clad and curtain-walled glazing wraps itself around the main bedroom block. The strip glazing to the kitchen/day room frames views of Slemish and the Antrim Glens. Internal features of note are the scissor stair and double height gallery space over the living area.
The younger brother’s residence, on a steeply sloping site is less than a kilometre away. Two narrow linear blocks are positioned across the width of the site with the single storey fronting northeast and the two-storey block abutting the rear facing southwest.
The two blocks’ mono-pitched roofs face the road and onto the hill beyond, masking the scale of the large property’s massing and helping to ease it into the rolling farmland landscape.
Contemporary detailing is carried into the spatially rich interior spaces. A bridge linking the upper hall and the football pitch upper garden level is yet to be constructed.