Doonaun House, Co Galway

The client on this project had been on a considerable road with several house designs, 2 planning applications refused, and an appeal for a house on this site refused, prior to meeting with Planning Workshop.
Giving very careful consideration to the case files, and the proposals previously submitted, my first meetings with Galway County Council were successful in that we concluded that if a house type could be designed that either: was not visible from the passing roadside, or had little significant visual impact from the roadside, then other planning matter may be overcome in a new planning application.
The first measure was to create an accurate useful 3D model of the terrain and surrounding trees and structure, and capture the series of views as one passed along the roadway. Now, for any design concept I produced, I could immediately test by seeing in a 3D movie, what its impact was as one traveled along the roadway.
Working within this environment, I had the idea of ‘what if I designed a beautiful, undulating roof shape or roofscape first, and the house under it, came second?’. Working in this way, sketching undulating curved roof shapes that complimented the ground hillocks, and the trees to the backdrop, the roof took shape that was barely perceptible from the roadside. With no house yet drawn, I could run a 3D movie of a roof that really worked on this site!
Then designing a house that worked under this shape became exciting, and clients and I are really pleased with the results. Taking this concept to the planners for their input, it was a really constructive and progressive meeting. It concluded with a compliment – could I possibly ‘raise’ the house, so that more of this elegant roof could be glimpsed from the roadside ? … shame to keep it hidden!
When we submitted this planning application, it was permitted first time, with no conditions amending the design.

Project now under construction as a self-build 2019.
Architecture and Design: Planning Workshop
Planning Consultants: Planning Workshop
Landscape Architects: n/a
Engineering Consultants: n/a
Building Contractors: n/a
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