You Got to Get Up to Get Down

Renovation and extension to rear of a 1920’s terraced house in Marino. The original terraced house is part of the Irish State’s first significant attempt at public housing in the north Dublin suburb. The extension is a simple rendered block that is twisted towards the sun. This simple form is punctured by a large rooflight and an internal/external timber lined bench divided by a large slider addressing the small back garden. The bench acts as a seat, a stage, a playground and a social space for its young family. The first floor rooms are reorganised to provide access to a converted attic and create a large double height landing space flooding the stairs with light and pulling daylight down into the middle of the house.