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Bar Na Don, Glandore, Co. Cork

This nineteen-fifties house, in the West Cork village of Glandore, is typical of houses of the period - in its layout and decoration, and in its minimal regard for the potential of its spectacular site.

Facing west, with views of the harbour and access to the shore, the house sits directly on the street edge, with only a narrow area separating it from the public footpath. It stands on a narrow shelf which falls eight-meters to high-water level at the lower end of the site.

PKA’s total remodelling of the interior reverses the original layout; the bedrooms are now located at the lower level, and the living spaces above.

The open-plan living and dining area has views to the harbour, and a continuous glass wall opens onto a semi-covered verandah. At the lower level, bed- rooms have sliding doors onto a terrace, also overlooking the harbour.

On both levels the principal rooms are separated by a hallway from the service spaces on the darker entrance side of the house. The upper hallway is lit by a continuous rooflight, which brings sunshine into the depth of the lower floor via the large staircase void.

Externally, the house is essentially unaltered when seen from the road. On the sea-side it is transformed by the addition of a new layer, formed by the fully glazed extension, terraces and external staircases connecting each level to the garden and seashore below.

The renovation, completed in 1998, was home to the TV personality Carol Vorderman. It featured in numerous house-design publications and has received extensive print and television coverage.

Client: Private
Value: €250,000

Size: 320 sq.m.

Reference: On application
Design: 1996
Completion: 1998

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