House at Maghera, County Down

Reinterpretation of the traditional building forms

· Credit: Aidan McGrath

Architect: McGonigle McGrath for private client

Budget: Undisclosed

GIA: 475m2

This family home, in a small grouping of farmsteads at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, reinterprets the traditional building forms – but manipulated and rotated to produce a formally strong contemporary family home. Two linear forms are brought together by the extension of their roof slopes, producing an assymetrical but balanced silhouette that echoes the line of the mountains beyond.

  • · Credit: Aidan McGrath
  • · Credit: Aidan McGrath
  • · Credit: Aidan McGrath

A stark courtyard defined by low white walls negotiates the move from the public realm to the private. Once inside, voluminous spaces face west to the view, with bedrooms serried above; one large clerestory window in the living room facing east to pull in strong morning light.

Quality of construction is high, with exemplary and demanding detailing carried out with evident skill and pride – the design is a credit to the aspirations of architect, client and builder. The result is a striking, modern family home that is not only comfortable but designed with beautiful spaces internally that serve to frame the stunning views beyond.

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