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Award Wining Architects based in Monkstown, Co.Dublin and working in all surrounding counties.

Specialising in sensitive contemporary design for domestic extensions, renovations, new-build houses and interior design.  We also design and build custom joinery.

RIAI registered architects, project managers & interior designers

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On the Boards: A New-Build Costal Eco House

Paul Mulhern

We have received planning permission for a new family dwelling in a beautiful costal setting overlooking Strangford Lough.  The site benefits from spectacular views through a 270-degree sweep.  Designing for a location as beautiful as this is difficult. We are not trying to do design gymnastics. We are fully considering what it is our clients want for their home and realising that through design excellence.

Site Plan of Proposed House & Boat House - Courtyard Opening to the Views and Sun.

Strangford Lough - Site Setting.

Strangford Lough - Site Setting.

Proposed South Elevation - Sheltered Courtyard.

Our approach is based on:  Awareness of landscape; A simple palette of natural materials; Subtlety; Respect for rural built forms;  Withholding of views, affording glimpses on approach, finally revealing the full dramatic views;  Creating wonderful internal spaces with unexpected height & light; Forming a series of differing outdoor spaces which are protected from winds but yet avail of views; Considering orientation and sun position throughout the day;  Incorporating all appropriate sustainability measures to exceed all current requirements and to future-proof this new eco house.

We have included a level of richness by providing a play-loft, a second ‘short-cut’ stair which also functions as a bookcase, a study (computer) den for kids which is within view and has an eye-level slot window, creating a thickened wall that houses both indoor and outdoor fire-places (or barbeque), designing a master bedroom suite which has complete privacy, spectacular views, its own terrace, yet is adjacent to two children’s bedrooms;

Proposed Ground Floor Plan.

First Floor Plan - Planted Roof Over the Living Room.

West Facing Elevation.

Architectural Model for Client Discussion.

Architectural Model for Client Discussion.

Contact Hofler Architects to discuss your project.  We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation.

An Bord Pleanála approves Dún Laoghaire urban beach project

Paul Mulhern

The type of facility Dun Laoghaire's Urban Beach is to be modelled on.

The type of facility Dun Laoghaire's Urban Beach is to be modelled on.

The €2.75 million urban beach and barge pool project proposed for Dún Laoghaire harbour has been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

The beach, modelled on Berlin’s Badeschiff project, is to include a cafe and artificial beach at the East Pier, alongside a floating barge containing a swimming pool with heated, treated seawater.  The 250sq m swimming pool on the floating barge will heat seawater to 26 degrees. The beach is to be about 240sq m in area.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said the project would attract more than 150,000 visitors a year and pull in €1 million in admission charges.  Figures for the annual running and staff costs have not been released.

It is expected to be open for summer 2016 and will be open for six months of the year, from April through to September.

A Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company image of the proposed new building and pool.

A Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company image of the proposed new building and pool.

The plan includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, utilising a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The Urban Beach will include toilets, changing rooms, a café, a wind-protected cafe seating and lounge area, where patrons can relax on a deck chair and enjoy views of the iconic harbour. The facility is designed with a sustainable and environmentally friendly ethos. Materials include the use of a recycled river barge, long life timber cladding, recycled rubber sand effect flooring and recycled timber decking. The pool will use treated sea water which will be heated by extracting heat from the seabed. Low energy technologies will be promoted throughout, and Dun Laoghaire Harbour prioritise energy supply from renewable sources.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company website

Architect's rendered image of actual the proposed building and pool.

Architect's rendered image of actual the proposed building and pool.

Above and below:  The design team's rendered images of the proposed pier buildings to accompany the new pool.  (Compare with the previously published images).

What do you think?  Comment below.

Hofler Architects, Monkstown, Co. Dublin.

Urban Tenting & Glamping

Paul Mulhern

A beautiful photo blog by two berlin based photographers in search of uncommon places for camping.   Their travelling companion is a dog named Cat.  http://urbantenting.com

Tenting in the city forest in Berlin-Königsheide, April 2015

Tenting in the city forest in Berlin-Königsheide, April 2015

And something closer to home - 'Glamping' in yurts at the Rock Farm, Slane - overlooking the beautiful Boyne and Slane Castle.  http://rockfarmslane.ie

A Rockfarm 'Glamping' Yurt

A Rockfarm 'Glamping' Yurt

The Lime House at the Rock Farm - designed by Hofler Architect's Paul Mulhern MRIAI, is a 2-storey 6-bedroom eco guesthouse, which will be built out of straw and clad with clay plaster and paint on the inside and lime on the outside to provide healthy, environmentally-sound eco-tourism accommodation in the Boyne Valley. This guesthouse has been designed to the highest environmental construction standards, and in sympathy with the woodland, organic farmland and architecturally-protected parkland surrounding the development.

The Lime House will be a hub for all visitors to the farm, providing valuable shelter in times of inclement weather and also a range of additional facilities for guests that ensure a more comfortable and convenient stay for guests. It will also offer an attractive space for socialising with other like-minded guests.

The building includes renewable heating systems, an integrated constructed wetland for the foul waste and ecological building materials into the building design.

The Lime House nearing completion at the Rock Farm, Slane.

The Lime House nearing completion at the Rock Farm, Slane.

The straw bale built farm office nearing completion.

The straw bale built farm office nearing completion.