On the Aran Islands on the west coast of Ireland an energy-efficient family house was constructed which withstands the harsh conditions and creates a healthy interior living environment. Responsible is for this is mainly the wall-building material that was used.
Inisheer is one of the Aran Islands and is a small island west of the Irish mainland. Idyllic conditions prevail here but at the same time so do harsh weather conditions. Living and housing conditions have to be therefore adapted perfectly. The architect Patti O’Neill addressed these challenges in the planning of a new and modern single-family home on the island.
Article on O’Neill Architecture’s ‘Island Dwelling’ project. This article featured in the European Journal of Masonry – Mauerwerk June 2013.
This book, ‘Placing Architecture’ sets a new direction for architecture which changes the way we live with our environment. It is an intuitively-led methodology useful to students, architects, landscape architects, designers and artists in achieving more connectivity to our immediate surroundings and here and now.
As the inexorable rise of sustainable building technology and materials continues apace there is a growing argument that much of architecture still reflects our unsustainable recent past.
Must sustainable architecture shift away from 20th century aesthetics, leaving behind the oil and resource-fuelled optimism of modernism? Must sustainable architecture not only address but express the threats posed by climate change and resource scarcity? Architects Patt O’Neill and Sharon O’Brien describe the influences and the methodology that underpin their visions of environmentally orientated architecture.