Friday, 30 November 2012

No. 29 Wolfe Tone Street

The home and office of Donoghue Corbett Architects - No. 29 Wolfe Tone Street in Limerick - was most definitely one of the highlights of the first edition of Open House Limerick back in October. Donoghue Corbett took an 1840s terraced house and transformed it into a bright and warm home and work space through a reconfiguration of existing space and a small extension to the ground and first floors. Attention to detail through material use and a variety of textures make for an interesting and inviting space.

A previously unused basement was converted into a warm and cosy kitchen, dining and living space, while the extension provides space for storage on the ground floor and a bright and airy bathroom on the first floor. The extension is made of sandy-coloured brick both inside and out. Paired with smooth plywood and polished cork it makes for a great range of textures and a bright, rich colour palette.

Above all, I think this is a great example of adaptation within an urban setting. Contrary to popular Irish belief, you can actually have a family home in the city centre. Donoghue Corbett have managed to create an inviting, livable, contemporary space (including a garden) all within walking distance from all of Limerick's major amenities. Parked in front of their terraced house is a car that rarely gets used, due to the great location of the house. Forget the big house in the country, I think these guys are the ones who have it made :)

Above image of the kitchen space courtesy of Donoghue Corbett Architects