Rainbow’s End

This project for a family home in Wicklow is designed as a modern interpretation of the traditional Irish rural narrow plan house type. The scale and form of the house has been broken down to reflect the rural buildings of the area, evoking forms of traditional farmyard clusters.

The house has now been separated into two distinct simple volumes, which have pitched slate roofs and rendered walls reflecting the traditional house designs in the area. A single storey grass roofed element is located between the two solid volumes, which open to the surrounding landscape, with floor to ceiling glass south facing wall, visually integrates and connects the house into the surrounding countryside. The garden and landscaping are of informal natural design and serve to connect the house to the surrounding landscape and engage the house on its site.

The proposed materials include natural slate to the pitched roof elements and grass roof over the single story section. The external walls are of a natural lime plaster finish. Good quality timber windows and doors are to be made from FSC or PEFC certified timbers.

The proposed development is self-sufficient and requires the provision of limited public services. The following environmental sustainable technologies are to be provided on this project.

A rainwater harvesting system is proposed to collect rainwater on site to service the needs of the house.

A Bord Na Mona waste water treatment system is proposed to service the home.

A ground source heat pump provides space heating for the proposed house.

Roof solar panels are included to provide hot water heating for this home.