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Kilsallagh Holiday Houses, Co. Mayo

This project for two holiday houses is located at Kilsallagh, Co. Mayo, close to Croagh Patrick and Old Head, and overlooking Clew Bay and Achill Island to the northwest. The silhouette created by the pairing of the houses contrasting with the spectacular mountain landscape of Croagh Patrick which forms a backdrop to the site.

PKA’s design and grouping of the houses reflects traditional farmstead layouts and clachan developments in the west, and the plan rotation echoes typical pre-famine field patterns in the area. The houses are dormer in style, and have been designed to incorporate elements of the vernacular, while maintaining a contemporary expression generally.

The narrow plan and orientation optimises natural daylight and solar gain, while the highly insulated envelope minimises heat loss. The choice of indigenous, and locally sourced materials reduces the embodied energy of the houses.

The Killsallagh houses have been widely published and showcased on numerous television house-design programmes. They have also been used as an exemplar of best practice rural housing in a number of local authority planning guidance documents.

The project has featured in both the RIAI and the AAI annual architecture awards, and it was Highly Commended in the biennial RIAI Silver Medal for Housing, the premier award for housing design in Ireland.

Client: PBL Developments Ltd.

Value: €250,000

Size: 260 Sq.m.

Reference: Mr. Brian Quinn, Ireland West Tourism, Westport
Design: 1998
Completion: 1999