McNamara House

DescriptionMcNamara House
TypeHousing- NZEB 2018
LocationKildalkey, Co. Meath
TeamFrank Cooney, Bryan Brady, Lara Garcia, Ana Paula Barbosa
PhotographyDonal Murphy
The Mc Namara house, located in Kildalkey, Co. Meath, west of medieval Trim, in the historic Boyne Valley, at the junction of the ancient Slíghe Chualann, the ancient roadway of the Irish high-kings. 
Meandering laneways, hawthorn hedgerows and a mature Ash tree, sets the backdrop for this graceful modern dwelling, a modest house for a farmer. Representing a modern approach to sustainable living in the Irish landscape, achieving the NZEB standard. The house is expressed as two simple forms, each responding in height to its function. When viewed across the fields of fertile landscape, one reminisces the familiar whitewashed farmhouse.
Article extract ‘Home Farm, While a tight budget meant some of the more ambitious eco features planned for this simple and graceful new farmhouse had to be dropped, it still manages to meet Irelands standard for nearly energy buildings (nZEBs) thanks to a combination of superb detailing and Fabric-first design’ Extract from Passive house plus magazine-Issue 26 Irish edition, Words by Ekaterina Tikhoniouk
Testimonial“I’d a vision of my home, different to the standard bungalows you see around the country. I wanted something bright, economical and healthy to live in. I had a limited budget. 
Their attention to detail was phenomenal. “
“I’m now living in my beautiful, bright, fresh and modern home. I feel connected with nature, with countryside views from every room. Practically, the design works really well, despite the fact that it’s a relatively small house it has lots of clever storage space, avoiding clutter; creating a calm, peaceful space. It’s very close to Passive Standard, economical to run. It has been well received in the neighbourhood.”  
“I placed my faith in good architects and I feel that it has paid off. They took my vision made it a reality”.    
Publication 2018 – Passive house plus magazine-Issue 26; Irish edition
2017 – Commended, RIAI Irish Architecture awards; House of the year, Leinster
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