Los Angeles-based Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) made a trip across the Atlantic to Dublin, Ireland recently to design the renovation and restoration of an 1847 Georgian manor house, which was transformed into a modern four-bedroom single-family mews. This AIACC Residential Honor Award-winning home was designed to preserve the historical nature of the home’s façade, the modern addition expands out into the courtyard garden with a modern, transparent structure, which invites nature in at every corner. The Flynn Mews House, named after client Ella Flynn, is a perfect blend of historic preservation, modern exploration, and sustainable innovation.
Located in the heart of Dublin, the existing Georgian Manor was combined with a converted coach house and an additional 160 square meters of living space to create a modern home with a historic flare. The local planning commission required LOHA and executive architect ODOS Architects to restore the existing historic façade of the home and keep it in view from the primary manor. Therefore, the façade is highlighted in the forecourt for guests to enjoy just as the original owners would have back in the nineteenth century. Within the forecourt the restored Georgian façade now sits adjacent to the contemporary addition skinned in a glass curtain wall. The juxtaposition of architectural styles becomes apparent as a glass volume literally punches through the window of the historic façade creating an interior hallway connection between the two living volumes.
The home naturally is an environmentally sound design, because it reuses portions of an existing home instead of creating a larger carbon footprint through new construction. Other sustainable components help to make this a great eco-friendly modern design. Materials including concrete with recycled glass content, high performance insulated glass, and high gloss plaster are among sustainable additions to the design. Also, solar thermal panels provide domestic water heating, and radiant floor heating is provided through an underground heat pump system. The underground heat pump system even recycles gray water into the system. All of these systems are measures adopted as part of the Dublin Green Building Pilot Program.