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See how Japanese inspiration transformed a 1950s Dublin house

The mix of the two influences makes for a striking extension to this Dublin home.

IT’S NOT OFTEN you see a little bit of Japan in a Dublin suburb.

But Darmody Architects, tasked with the renovation and modernisation of a Dublin suburban home from the 1950s, decided to spice things up a little.

Source: Ros Kavanagh via Darmody Architects

The challenge was to transform and extend the ground floor into a new living environment [and] extend and restructure the sleeping spaces.

Residential_Smll_Barrett_Hse_02 Source: Ros Kavanagh via Darmody Architects

The interesting lines of the new roof hark back to a Japanese temple or other traditional Japanese structure – and from a design perspective are used to create levels of light to the interior of the extension.

Residential_Smll_Barrett_Hse_03 Source: Ros Kavanagh via Darmody Architects

 Connectivity to the south facing garden was central to the proposition of creating a semi-abstract volume within the garden.

Reorganising the living space to create better flow throughout and using a light palette on the walls and with timber floors creates a peaceful atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional Japanese home.

Residential_Smll_Barrett_Hse_04 Source: Ros Kavanagh via Darmody Architects

See more of  Darmody Architects work here.

See more of photographer Ros Kavanagh’s work here

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Edel Corrigan

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