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St Declans Terrace

January 25, 2018

An article published in the architectural design magazine Dezeen, featuring some of our work at the award nominated St Declans Terrace.


A large sliding window set into the end wall of this extension to a terraced house in Dublin by Irish practice Architectural Farm is enclosed within a wooden frame that provides internal and external seating.


Local studio Architectural Farm was tasked with renovating the 1920s property and adding an extension that maximises the internal layout while also improving the connection with the small rear garden.

The house is located on St Declan's Terrace in the garden suburb of Marino to the north of the city centre, which was the Irish government's first attempt at local-authority housing in the 1920s.


Having returned to live in Ireland from Switzerland, the homeowners wanted to make the most of the garden, which is a key feature of the original design.

The new addition is a simple rendered block that extends from the rear of the building towards the lawn and is surrounded by a paved patio.


The extension incorporates a large window that overlooks the garden and can slide open to enhance the sense of connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

A timber surface that wraps around the recessed opening forms a bench that is divided in two when the window is closed, but becomes a large area for various activities when the glazed surface is pulled aside.