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Dirk Cove House

Niall McLaughlin Architects

The Atlantic coast of Ireland is buffeted by the, often stormy, weather coming from the ocean. The series of beacons along the rocky coast were once lifesavers for passing shipping. The former coastguard station at Dirk Cove on the wild coast of Clonakilty has been renovated, extended and turned into a private residence. Nestled in the lee of a headland, the house is sheltered from the brunt of often gale-force winds and tides. Architect Niall McLaughlin has renovated and transformed the original buildings. A central courtyard now links these to a new extension. At the top of the launch ramp, a low cottage with one-metre thick, rubble walls now houses the master bedroom and adjacent services. Backed up against the hillside, the former boathouse now form guest quarters, suitably apart from the rest of the house to afford privacy but not isolated. The new extension contains the living...

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