Located at the foot of Tully Hill, Kilrea, Co.Derry, the site’s elevated topography affords panoramic views over the River Bann. The building nestles into the base of the steeply sloping hill, replacing a redundant cottage to create a modern family home while integrating into the natural surroundings.
During the design process, modern building techniques were combined with traditional building materials and typologies. The design references the traditional farmyard typology of the area, which, paired with modern techniques, allowed us to design a forward-looking family home. The proposed dwelling has traditional pitched roofs combined with a mono-pitch roof. The plan is L shaped with the garage detached from the dwelling.
The timber-clad element of the building sits at ninety degrees to the shared living spaces forming the rear return of the building, with bedrooms, bathrooms and utility areas.
The building’s palette of materials has been restrained to a mix of three main materials: locally sourced stone, timber cladding and white rendered walls. Reference has been taken from the built heritage of the nearby Movanagher Castle; the ruins of which can be seen further around the road. The timber cladding has been designed to be charred to seal and preserve the timber allowing it to have a longer life span and achieving the desired dark finish. Both of the design’s primary elements are linked by glass and rendered block.