Was driven past this yesterday and only realised that it was still for sale through Colliers for 750k
Usual high quality review by the bubble media (which overstates the living area by a factor of 2 !)
I have to say this is such a badly designed house it should be a case study for 1st year architecture students on how not to copy famous modern designs. Ironically, there is an equally good case study very nearby by Scott Talon Walker, on how it should be done. (Goulding Summer House stwarchitects.com/project-information.php?p=07143&t=f).
MAYTREE is situated in a lovely rural setting with a lot of natural features and over 1.5 acres of site (not all of it useable). ODOS, the architects, throw all this aside and make something that has no bearing or relationship to it site. It would better slotted into a small infill site in Ranelagh that tries to maximise space / small garden, and give some kind of ‘wow’ factor.
Wicklow’s Planning Site (ref 066182), wicklow.ie/online-enquiries show that the house is really 150 sq m of living area (1,600 sq ft.), with another 50 sq m of garage and another c. 50 sq m of terracing / awning. Despite living this far out and on a good site, you get three Ranelagh townhouse sized bedrooms of c. 15 sq m. each, plus a smaller 10 sq m kitchen ?
The crowning glory is a living / dining room that is a narrow rectangle of only 5m width by 12m long. Any 1st year architecture student studying this style, will tell you it revolves around a large open central living area (it is a pure representation of space). A 5m width is way too tight (it should be at least 8m and ideally 10m). On the photos, you can see that the living room sofa barely fit the width of this core room ? The root of this mistake is the Cantilever design (completely unnecessary in a country site), makes every 1m extra width more expensive / complex to build (requires deeper foundations). An absurd mistake to make in copying this style.
In addition, ODOS have added their trademark ‘black’ finishes. Some of these finishes look well in urban settings (I personally couldn’t live long in a dark house but respect the design), but again, in a beautiful rural green setting, it feels out-of-place.
It is hard to believe that ODOS won an award for this (maybe Declan Ryan is Chairman of the body). This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
Ryan should have put his money into copying something like Villa Abborrkroken (as featured in the Girl with Dragon Tattoo) - also 250 sq m.
PS - 200 sq m of actual build space (even including the garage / ground floor), and a structure that is largely poured concrete with special steel beams for the cantilevering, and some plate glass windows, this house would have cost c. 400k to build all-in.