Orangerie House, Dublin Residence: Monkstown House

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Orangerie House Dublin

Ireland House Extension – design by Architecture Republic

5 Nov 2012

Orangerie House Dublin

Design: Architecture Republic

Monkstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Orangerie House, Dublin

Orangerie House Dublin
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Although the existing house already has an impressive footprint the kitchen was comparatively small. The idea for this extension was inspired by orangeries, greenhouses for growing fruit which were popular additions to Victorian houses. This interpretation utilises a birch plywood structure whose criss-crossing frame not only acts like trusses to provide a strong stable structure but also echoes the lead of a Victorian stained glass window. The glazing consists of translucent insulation sandwiched between two sheets of single glazing. This is very cost effective but also creates a translucent wall through which the constantly changing shadows of the surrounding trees are visible throughout the day.

A number of important views are made visible through transparent windows in the frame. The orangerie is built on existing cellar walls maintaining the ground plan of the house. Trees were planted at basement level and these protrude through the floor of the kitchen which is suspended among the canopy of the tall trees within reach of their fruit. Stairs provide access to the basement which houses the utility room, wine cellar and storage.

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Orangerie House – Building Information

Type: Kitchen extension
Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Clients: Private
Area: 75 m2
Status: On-going
Architect: Architecture Republic

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Architecture Republic

Information on the Architect
Architecture Republic is a Dublin (Ireland) and Lyon (France) based office under the leadership of Maxim Laroussi and Gavin Wheatley.
The practice engages with conceptual research and analysis of each project through design studies in the field of architecture, urbanism and landscape design as well as interdisciplinary collaborative work in art, graphic design, theatre, etc.
In the past few years, Architecture Republic received numerous awards for excellence in architectural design including AAI special mention Awards 2010 for ‘The Plastic House’ and ‘The y=3 Houses’ housing development and AAI special mention Award 2008 for ‘The Slim House’. Architecture republic (in association with SPArq) won 1st prize in the international competition for the design of 5,000,000 ft² Parque de la Cabecera in Rosario, Argentina and was short-listed in the Centre Pier Galway Harbour international competition. Architecture Republic also received a nomination for the prestigious Mies Van Der Rohe Awards 2011.


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