Grillagh Water House, Maghera, Londonderry

New prototype for living

· Credit: Aidan Monaghan

Patrick Bradley Architects for private client

Budget: Undisclosed

GIA: 116m2

RIBA Small Projects Award

The shipping containers that formed this home were already five years old when architect Patrick Bradley repurposed them into his own small family home. But sited on his family’s farm, it’s the result of an intimate knowledge of the landscape, generating a home full of youthful brio and exuberance.

  • · Credit: Aidan Monaghan
  • · Credit: Aidan Monaghan
  • · Credit: Aidan Monaghan

Stacked on top of each other, the containers create drama in the section, with a bold first floor cantilever for the main kitchen/ living space, balcony and an external living room with fireplace and lower level allocated to bedrooms, bathrooms and utility room. The main bedroom still cantilevers out of the land, with local stone used to set the building within its site at these lower levels.

The envelope itself is formed of Corten steel, expanded mesh rainscreen and glass: the house offering a new vernacular for the rural landscape of Ireland using the very technology that robbed Ulster of its linen mills – the shipping container. But it goes beyond this; the house is a joyful thing and a new prototype for living within the Ireland’s beautiful landscape.

See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards 2015 – Northern Ireland