The Ranelagh House is a modern renovation of a Victorian row house in South Dublin. When the owners bought the property it was literally falling apart, but with the help of ODKM Architects the house was restored to its original grandness - with more light and interconnectivity to boot. The local firm also added a new Corten steel-wrapped modern extension in the back to increase floor area and provide contrast to the historic brick home.
When the project was brought to ODKM Architects, the home was in a serious state of disrepair after two decades of neglect. The front brickwork was bowed and structurally unsound, while the roof and 2 story return had partially collapsed causing serious damage inside. ODKM set about restoring the home to its Victorian proportions whilst improving upon the historic design. The original home was small and boxy, but the architects altered the ground floor to add more connectivity and remove internal doors, making the space feel more open.
A new modern extension off the back was built and wrapped in Corten steel, which will weather over time. This geometric addition creates a sharp contrast to the organic nature of the large rock wall to the back of the home as well as the original Victorian space. Great effort was made to utilize as many of the home’s original materials as possible or recycle them in other parts. For instance, the back brick wall of the home that was removed to make way for the addition now serves as a new wall in the addition. Daylight also plays an important role in the home’s renovation, as many of the new spaces are naturally lit.