Work began a few years ago on site in Ireland on this ‘upside down’ house shaped like a banana, such that the living rooms (with garaging and bedrooms set into the bank underneath) lead out onto a curved terrace with spectacular river views. Linking a curved gallery is a top lit spiral stair, and the high level of specification includes slate roofing, stone external walls, triple glazing, high levels of insulation, concrete floors with underfloor heating etc. We were able to let our hair down on this project to create something special, and we enjoyed visiting by tractor along the flooded access road at the time.
‘We gave you an open brief and you have managed to create for us an imaginative house exceeding all our expectations, taking wonderful advantage of a site that you have only seen from photos. It is already obvious to all that this house is going to be exceptional in every respect, in stark contrast to all the other bungalows with their mock columns which litter the area, and even the bankers have already given us an unusually high valuation. Thank God we didn’t listen to the conservative Estate Agents and copy all before us! We are already delighted and we have barely got out of the ground’.