Monday, 11 August 2014

Jeffry's House, Ards Forest Park

Framing views of the Atlantic ocean from Ards Forest Park in Donegal, Jeffry's House is the first architectural folly of its kind in Ireland. Following in the footsteps of Norway's National Tourist Routes, Jeffry's House is created by architect Thomas O'Brien and artist Emma Mannion and the thatched structure combines contemporary design with traditional building techniques in a unique setting. Designed to invite and intrigue, O'Brien and Mannion aim for it to be 'a respite from the elements and from the everyday'. Jeffry's House reveals the sea, sand dunes and mountains of the area through its architecture, while the project reveals the potential the right architecture has to enhance our experience of our natural resources. Initiated by Donegal County Council with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Coillte and Earagail Arts Festival, I look forward to experiencing it in the flesh. If you get there before I do, you'll find Jeffry's House along the Sand Dune Trail from the main car park and you'll get more info over on the IAF website...

Images by Carla Killeen, courtesy of the Irish Architecture Foundation