DUA’s ‘foxes grove’ house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

‘foxes grove’ by dua, defying the conventional

Irish studio DUA (Design Urbanism Architecture) has completed “Foxes Grove”, a two-storey building Family house in the suburbs of Dublin. Located in a corner site, the final project is expressed by a wooden structure imitating the shape of the neighboring houses. However, in an attempt to go beyond conventional housing patterns in the area, the design team incorporated the existing perimeter wall into the ground floor plan, while respecting the lines of front and rear construction of the subdivision. Meanwhile, clear geometric openings precisely cut the wooden envelope, letting plenty of daylight into the volume from different directions. all images by Shane Lynam

dynamic interaction with light and shadow

The house is assembled from a wooden frame structure erected in three days. This is reflected externally by the Siberian larch cladding which hovers above the ground and rises and falls around the perimeter of the house, as it comes into contact with the boundary walls.

In addition, with its strategically positioned strips, the coating filters the southern light inside. In the early morning, natural light penetrates and animates the wooden surfaces, allowing a dance of shadows that changes during the day. Thus, with ‘Foxes Grove’, the architects (see more here) sought to provide occupants with a sense of surprise and discovery; an experience that changes day by day. DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

fun places for young and old

Regarding the interior, the design team sought to form comfortable spaces with different functions while allowing visual communication between them. Thus, they subtly divided the ground level by sinking the dining room. The highlight of the interior is an informal lounging area made of a netting that hovers in the triple-height empty space. This spot for young and old adds a playful touch to the interior. There, members can interact, reflect, and contemplate the passing clouds.

Inside, natural wood and concrete define the material palette. The wood finish welcomes the inhabitants in a warm and enveloping environment. A plywood wall crosses the ground floor concealing the utilitarian spaces, such as the staircase, the bathroom, the storage room and the kitchen units. On the other hand, a raw concrete floor creates a visual contrast with the wooden accents, letting the beautiful textures coexist harmoniously. Going up, one encounters the two sleeping areas separated by a roof window and a triple-height space lined with plywood. So plenty of warm daylight hits the interior below while creating a visual interaction between the different floors.

DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

DUA's 'foxes grove' house in Dublin offers cozy places for family members

project info:

Name: Fox Grove

architects: DUA – Design Urbanism Architecture
design team: Darragh Breathnach, Joe Keohane, Giovanna Santoru

building company: Ambihouse

location: Dublin, Ireland

photography: Shane Lynam

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edited by: christina petridou | design boom

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