O'Leary Sludds Architects - Killanne Passive House, Wexford

Killanne Passive House, Wexford

Designing a home for Michael & Carol-Ann started in 2015, on a green field site adjacent to ‘the home place’ in Kilanne. The site had wonderful views of the local church steeple with the Blackstairs mountains in the background. 

In order to maximise these views we created an inverted (up-side-down) house with living areas on the first floor and the bedrooms on the lower ground floor. The covered outdoor terrace connects the internal raised living spaces to the surrounding external garden via an external stairs.

Two storey certified passive house with timber cladding to raised living area and external glass balustraded terrace with zinc overhang over car port.
External raised terrace area with modern dining table and chairs overlooking the countryside and internal open plan living areas.
Well lit modern open plan living area with white walls and contrasting grey sofa and timber flooring.
North facing view of two storey certified passive house with view of raised external terraced area with standing seam zinc walls and roof to first floor open plan living area.

The structural glass to the balcony is a fully frameless design of laminated and toughened glass. It allows 100% uninterrupted views without even a handrail line. 

Where a handrail is needed for accessibility we used a bracket fixed through the glass for minimal aesthetic impact.

The bathroom is a minimal contemporary design. Although we suspect there will be a few ducks and fish floating in the bath, with the addition of little feet to Michael & Carol-Ann’s family since we started designing their home!

Contemporary family bathroom with white sanitary ware, floating shelves, grey walls and horizontal mirror.
Stainless Steel handrail supported off glass balustrade to external first floor derrace.
Modern kitchen in grey and white palette with fresh herbs on the counter top

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