Set in an industrial area of Dublin city centre, these three mews dwellings appear from the street as a mysterious, robust and impenetrable mass. The cantilevered upper section is a composition of powder coated metal industrial flooring planks, arranged in varying widths to create a rhythm and have been periodically doubled in depth creating a moire or interference pattern. Views of foliage and tree tops coming through and over the front screen hint at what lies beyond and it is only as you pass through the metal exterior that the warm, light filled heart of the building is exposed. The interior of each dwelling is an experience of colour, light and shadow. via
The floor plan for each of the three bedroom dwellings is conceived as a flexible pattern or weave of built and unbuilt spaces stitched together by a central circulation route linking the split level accommodation (seven plates in total). These unbuilt or trapped spaces become a series of outdoor rooms (in some cases vertical rooms), which bring the experience of landscape and foliage into the core of each dwelling and stimulate a strong spatial dialogue between opposing areas. These secret gardens vary in orientation and ensure every room has direct access to natural daylight and ventilation while developing a carefully controlled relationship between inside and outside. They also play host to a variety of plant species ensuring a blossomed and scented environment all year round.