The .37ha site is located on a hillside in Dalkey with magnificent views from Poolbeg to Bray Head. The site has several rock outcrops ranging from 1.3m to 3.4m high and several different level changes.
The two main outcrops formed the loci for the positioning of the new dwelling. These outcrops are connected to the dwelling by bridges that allow direct access from the first floor and also screen the private gardens to the rear.
The thick granite walls to the ground floor wrap the accommodation in a protective wall. This wall is punctured at the entrance with a full height hardwood paneled lobby. The stone is continued internally with solid granite architraves and piers used on the ground floor. The solid doors fold back during the day to allow light into the entrance hallway thought the glazed screen doors behind.
The stone walls to the ground floor are contrasted at first floor level by a lighter rendered pavilion type structure. An early decision not to fully glaze the first floor and instead frame the views in each space is expressed through the recessed bays and structural piers visible on the elevation. A simple lead capping completes the first floor elevations.
At first floor level a dining hall / atrium forms the focal point of the floor and is top lit by a 9metre long openable stainless steel rooflight. Full height sliding screens throughout allow the spaces to be altered if required. The flooring throughout is Italian navona travertine and the staircase is a cantilevered solid marble staircase with a stainless steel balustrading.