There’s a fairytale charm to this pair of timber houses cleverly camouflaged among the soaring spruce trees of the Dublin Mountains. Set on an abandoned quarry with an almost inaccessible location, a brother and sister had always longed to build a pair of dramatic and contemporary homes side-by-side in the forest. The project demanded a sensitive design so the siblings called upon the talents of young architecture firm Clancy Moore, who came up with a plan to raise the building closer to the light by creating an X shape that is divided up into two unique dwellings. “The design is extremely clever,” the owner says. “Despite being physically connected, the two homes are quite independent. We don’t see each other … unless we run out of milk and want to, of course!” Today the eco-friendly homes are the perfect spot to enjoy the woodland delights. “It is a real privilege living here,” continues the owner. “Coming home one night, I counted 12 deer on the driveway, you see foxes slinking through the wood; squirrels prancing from branch to branch and blue tits tapping on your bedroom window. It’s a bit like a childhood storybook.” We think the Brothers Grimm would approve.
Read more about this beautiful mountain retreat in the May/June 2013 issue of Image Interiors Living magazine, on sale now.