Feb 11, 2020 / Architecture
Glass Ribbon by Scuillion Architects

Glass Ribbon is a minimal house located in Dublin, Ireland, designed by Scuillion Architects. A well-built semi-detached house, typical of the suburbs of Dublin, dates from the 1930s. Through the years, the house had suffered from poor alterations and additions though many of its fine but modest details of the period survived.  Aside from its well-proportioned rooms, the house’s best asset was a triangular south facing garden adjacent to its largely blank side gable.

In extending and re-planning the house, the design proposals continue the tradition of axially related rooms in an enfilade arrangement. The generously sized entrance hall is reinstated as a paneled reception-room so that there are no corridors, one moves through the home from room-to-room.  An undulating ribbon-of-glass is draped along the southern gable wall, which is opened up to redirect the axial room relationships towards the garden.

The glazed extension, modeled on a traditional conservatory or sun parlour, is a thin steel-framed wrapper that houses dining areas, a study and route to a drawing room. Intended to be furnished with indoor and outdoor plants on the thick sills inside and polished white concrete ledges outside, the new rooms are delicate and lush in contrast with the handsome solidity of the main house.

The original house was given its soul back through careful attention paid to the restoration of the original features, with a subtle transition from the old into the new. The new additions such as the oak paneled hallway, scalloped timber linings and the stairs are custom designed and are intended to be harmonious with the spirit of the original house. The interior is being developed to feel calm and sober whilst retaining some of the playful materiality of the period, with new elements based on what once might have been.

Photography by Aisling McCoy