RIBA Regional Awards 2014: Northern Ireland
Loughloughan Barn, Broughshane
McGarry-Moon Architects for a private client
This is domestic design with an agricultural twist, set on a dramatic site in County Antrim overlooking a lush farming landscape with distant views of Slemish mountain. Using the traditional vernacular barn form found there, the architect has maximised the potential of both typology and site with a carefully detailed contemporary design. In line with the barns’ usual simple material use, the restrained palette of materials uses stone, timber, glass and zinc- all finely detailed at their interfaces.
Despite transformation of the internal space, the form and feel of the original barn is maintained. Living spaces and master bedroom on the first floor take advantage of light and views, with minor bedrooms below. At the corner of the living room the structure cantilevers out over the stone wall to create a stunning viewing point to the landscape, dramatically interconnecting inside and out.