An artist and an architect joined forces to create a sweet thatch-roofed retreat overlooking a luscious forest, sandy beaches, sea and sky in Northern Ireland. Called Jeffry's House, the shelter was constructed by locals Emily Mannion and Thomas O'Brien on a rocky cliff in the Ards Forest Park. The raised timber-framed structure stands on stilts that reduce its environmental impact and features a top-viewing platform that allows users to contemplate their spectacular natural surroundings.
Jeffry’s House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry’s Lough and was built after O’Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that would enhance their natural surroundings. Made from an angled timber-framed structure, the pavilion is topped with a biodegradable thatched roof made from woven dried straw.
Standing on stilts that allow small plants to grow underneath, the eco-friendly shelter has openings all around it. These windows allow plenty of sunshine in as well as letting fresh marine breeze to flow freely in and out. As the architect explained, “it has portals for the universes of the sky, the sea and for the earth. It is for children and for the child in us.”
Jeffry’s House was built as part of the annual Earagail Arts Festival, which celebrates culture in Donegal county.
Photos by Carla Killeen