Home at Lough Beg is a brick nation home situated in Bellaghy, United Kingdom, designed in 2020 by McGonigle McGrath Architects.
The positioning is situated inside the half walled demesne of Ballyscullion Park, on the shores of Lough Beg in mid-Ulster.
The park was established within the late 18th Century for a dwelling that was by no means accomplished, a later home by Lanyon within the 1840s now instructions the demesne, overlooking the lough, with distant views past. A lot of the character of the unique parkland has survived in an unusually pure kind. It’s an virtually good invocation of place; a classical idealized and austere panorama with the only method of augmentation, relying solely on the planting of huge tree clumps. The home is located on the sting of one among these clumps, in a pure clearing of historical oak woodland.
The temporary referred to as for a household dwelling that was brilliant, spacious, and respectful of each the open parkland views and the historic woodland. The purchasers didn’t need a conspicuous home, preferring a restrained method. Their holding inside the park prolonged to 100 acres, and the siting of the home was negotiated with Planning on the idea of a long-demolished home within the woodland, a practical location slightly than one deliberate within the context of the 18th Century panorama setting.
The plan contains two rectilinear blocks, positioned to create an enclosure, retaining a easy studying of kind. The principle block incorporates dwelling areas on the bottom ground, with sleeping areas above, and rooms organized sequentially. A low block appended to the principle block supplies assist, enabling most rooms to be the total plan depth. The secondary block is behind, parallel to the principle block, and incorporates garages and shops. The blocks are linked by a wall, defining private and non-private out of doors areas.
The varieties reference conventional rural buildings and are refined intimately, with restrained openings to the woodland, step by step opening as much as the panorama, and apertures rigorously proportioned and positioned to border views. Beech hedges are meant to create a needed enclosure. From the open parkland, hand-made bricks in hues of gray and the zinc roof assist the dwelling harmonize with the darkish bushes past.
There’s a relationship to the panorama interpreted from the home within the framed views, splayed reveals and open corners, by thickened partitions and sturdy joinery, gestures to an impressive setting, and likewise a studying from the panorama, the place from the parkland, within the undulating terrain of rises, hollows, and tree clumps, it’s concurrently the constructing that reveals the panorama, and the panorama that reveals the constructing.
This was the primary challenge within the apply the place a nuanced panorama was the start line for the scheme, and it might stay an essential reference challenge for the apply for over 10 years. It’s our longest-running challenge incorporating a lot of our creating architectural vocabulary. The result is important in that the challenge was self-built over 5 years by its proprietor, who turned invested within the course of of creating cautious structure, and who now takes on the position of managing and creating this highly effective panorama.
McGonigle McGrath Architects have continued the developed ethos and ambition of manufacturing considerate work. From their studio in a former mill constructing in east Belfast, they undertake a spread of challenge varieties, however the single-family house is a central theme within the apply. Their constructed work is knowledgeable by a sensitivity to context and place, a consideration of kind, materiality, and craft, and an understanding of the standard and ease of buildings nicely made. The affect of recent painters and images, the useful resource of mapped strains, and a way of the reminiscence of rural structure background a piece methodology that makes use of composition, enclosure, and profile inside a creating language that seeks to articulate spatial relationships between varieties, quantity, and panorama. A key curiosity threading by the work is the connection of structure to the bottom. They make shut observations of ‘place’ by fashions, drawing, and images, and far of the work is developed from having a profound understanding of the discovered situation of the location. Every challenge is taken into account as a novel alternative, a collaboration between architect, consumer, and web site. The work of the apply has been acknowledged with success within the RSUA, RIBA, and AAI Awards applications, and the constructed work of the apply has been broadly revealed. The apply lately gained the RIBA Home of the 12 months competitors, for Home Lessans, a reinterpretation of rural varieties in a single dwelling within the rolling countryside of County Down, which was featured on the Channel 4 ‘Grand Designs’ program, and in 2020, they acquired the BD Architect of the 12 months Award, within the Particular person Home class.
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