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Sunday’s Well Houses
Architect:O’Donnell + Tuomey
Award Type:Irish Architecture Awards
This is not simply one house nor two houses but a folding promenade of interdependent stairs, light-wells, courtyards, walls and gardens that lyrically negotiate numerous levels to make an intense piece of city and amplify prospect to the landscape beyond. Each level of this cityscape offers surprise and delight. Through an unassuming portal off a tight street one arrives at the principal shelf – an entrance courtyard to two houses - on an otherwise precipitously inclined site with panoramic elevated views of Cork City beyond. Like a piece of ground one house clings to the street via a bridge and a tight light-well that skirts its perimeter. The other more figurative tower house opposite anchors itself at the very limit of the steeply inclined site. Like a fulcrum this tower offers four distinct levels to a house that continuously spins in orientation to present a different light and a different view at each level. This promenade is folded into interior detailing whereby floor surfaces shelf to make seating that then turns to become a door set that informs a cupboard. Sheer delight at every scale!