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Flynn Mews House, 43 Pembroke Lane, Dublin.

Flynn Mews House, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Flynn Mews House, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

  • Flynn Mews House, 43 Pembroke Lane, Dublin.

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    Flynn Mews House, 43 Pembroke Lane, Dublin.

  • Existing historic façade.

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    Existing historic façade.

  • New entry.

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    New entry.

  • Volume diagram.

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    Volume diagram.

  • Floor plans.

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    Floor plans.

  • Site plan and context.

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    Site plan and context.

  • Transverse sections.

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    Transverse sections.

  • Entry hall.

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    Entry hall.

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    Entry hall.

  • Bridge from old to new.

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    Bridge from old to new.

  • Preserved façade leading into courtyard.

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    Preserved façade leading into courtyard.

  • Living and entry.

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    Living and entry.

  • Bridge.

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    Bridge.

  • Living room.

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    Living room.

  • Bedroom.

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    Bedroom.

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    Bedroom.

  • Entry and living room.

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    Entry and living room.

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    Entry and living room.

Category: Live
Award

Once a shelter for carriages and servants, a mews house on the grounds of an 1847 Georgian manor in Dublin is serving its second life as a luxurious 2,600-square-foot four-bedroom residence. Before renovations began, the local planning council requested the preservation of the mews house’s Neoclassical façade and that views of it be maintained from the main house. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects met these requests with its design for the addition, which sits low on the landscape, yet boldly contrasts new with old.

The entrance to the house is off an alley and through a new front elevation composed of black-stained concrete and glass. A contrasting white plaster passageway funnels guests through the volume of the mews house and the restored Neoclassical façade, and finally into a split-level landscaped courtyard. The architects widened an existing opening in the historic façade to accommodate a glass-and-steel bridge that connects the mews house to the new glass curtainwall-clad addition.

The addition sits lightly on the landscape, literally and figuratively, incorporating sustainable features such as an underground heat pump system that uses recycled graywater for radiant floor heating, as well as rooftop solar panels for domestic water heating.

“It’s unpretentious: They’ve deferred to the existing architecture just enough.” —G. Martin Moeller Jr.


Project Credits

Project  Flynn Mews House, Dublin
Client  Ella Flynn
Architect  Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles—Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA (principal); Donnie Schmidt (project designer); Alex Morassut (project manager); Po-Wen Shaw
GeneralContractor  Oikos Builders—David Coyne
StructuralEngineer  Casey O’Rourke & Associates—John Casey
ExecutiveArchitect  ODOS Architects—Darrell O’Donoghue
LandscapeArchitect  Doyle Herman Design Associates—James Doyle
Size  2,600 square feet
Cost  Withheld
Photographer  Enda Cavanagh