150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Ballymahon

Architect: ODOS architects

Location: Longford, Ireland

Photography: ODOS architects

A new single-story construction completes the courtyard once formed by three eighteenth-century farm buildings and replaces a stone wall that was in extreme disrepair. In contrast with the massiveness of the existing stone, brick, and slate buildings, the addition features large expanses of glass allowing visual connection between the courtyard and the surrounding woodlands.

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The oiled cedar cladding connects the new construction with its wooded surroundings, and warms the courtyard.

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An open layout accentuates the linearity of a room. To break up a long space alternate surfaces such as walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The use of epoxy-polished concrete flooring links the new building to the old ones made from stone, brick, and slate.

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The new wing, which has been skewered through one of the existing farm buildings, is raised off the ground to give it a floating quality.

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Cove lighting is built into valences, ledges, and recesses. It enhances ambient lighting without breaking the uniformity of a ceiling.