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Hilltop Retreat

This project involved the reimagining of a traditional Irish farmhouse to integrate it into a larger scheme of buildings to be used by the clients and their extended families as a weekend destination. It includes a separate, stand-alone building based on the concept of an Irish ski lodge, sitting on a hill behind the main house and oriented towards the setting sun. It is constructed from a modern glue-laminated timber frame and sits on a base of local stone taken from the site.

The lodge’s interior is luxurious and conceived to be a destination within the grounds. The farmhouse was rebuilt with traditional skills and materials. The same principles continued to the extension which has white-washed walls and a slate roof. It has a deep overhang allowing sliding glass doors to be left open on rainy summer afternoons. The stone details used throughout are blue limestone taken from quarries near the site.