Hillsborough Co. Down

Award-winning: House of the Year Ireland 2021.  Shortlisted for RIBA Regional award (RSUA) 2023.

A contemporary, energy-efficient luxury development house in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

With its zinc cladding, this house has a contemporary public façade and a private courtyard to the rear.  All the main living spaces have views over the patio and rear garden, creating indoor / outdoor spaces.

The house is based around a number of simple concepts:

  • A ‘social’ house; where all the social spaces are connected.  The spaces can be easily opened up to make a bigger, interconnected space, or closed off to make smaller, cosier spaces.  The house is designed for large parties and small family living.
  • All living spaces are arranged around a social courtyard; for social occasions, and also to create a beautiful inside / outside connection.
  • Taking inspiration from agricultural buildings, the front of the house is a contemporary barn; integrating the house into the rural countryside, nestled into a traditional clachan, beside the church buildings.
  • The house is a ‘smart home’ and energy-efficient.   The house and outdoor spaces are orientated to maximise solar gain.
  • The east of the house is adjacent to a church hall.  The rear return creates a privacy break between the two properties, whilst creating an enclosed, private courtyard.

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Contractor: GP Developments