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Linking the past to the present - with a glass box

A traditional Irish cottage gets a futuristic(ish) extension.

TAKE ONE DILAPIDATED cottage in Co Tipperary that needed both extensive refurbishment and extension and bring it swiftly past the present and into the future.


With a futuristic glass box extension linking the old with the new.

In an effort to honour the traditional look of the cottage whilst also making it a more modern family home, architect Gary Mongey of Box Architecture had to think outside of the, well, box a little.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

The original cottage was built in the 1940s and was in pretty bad shape. In order to make it a functional place to live, an existing rear extension was demolished and three new elements were added – a new living space, a glazed ‘link’ and a shed.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

The new extensions are tucked behind the existing cottage making sure that the stunning views of a lake and flood plane to the north of the property remain unobstructed.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

The new extension contains an open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area while the original cottage houses the bedrooms. A glazed corridor connects the two so the family can move from one to the other without braving the elements.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

In the original cottage, rooflights and folding glazed doors were added to help light to penetrate through what is a traditionally dark construction, while in the new extension large windows and wall-to-wall rooflights allowed the movement of light through the cottage throughout the day.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

Inside both buildings, lots of consideration was taken with the internal finishes and bespoke furniture design. There is a walnut-veneered built-in unit that runs the entire length of the new build, and conceals a desk with a horizontal window above it, providing a view to the side garden and polished concrete floors throughout.

Source: Paul Tierney via Box Architecture

See more of Box Architecture’s work here.

See more of photographer Paul Tierney’s work here

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