A Spain and China based young architectural firm AQSO arquitectos office has designed the Burke House in Galway, Ireland. In a country like Ireland, where many families live in private houses with a courtyard, extensions are a very common way to adapt the residence to new family situations.
This house stands in a low density residential area near Galway. The flat landscape is characterized by irregular plots, small roads and green pastures.
Starting from a traditional house scheme, the existing building extends to incorporate a bigger living room, an extra bedroom and a study upstairs. In contrast with the closed geometry of the existing volume, the rear of the house becomes a light concrete skin enclosing a new façade totally open to the backyard.
The arrangement of the spaces and the circulation are solved with a simple gesture. The day functions are connected while the bedroom becomes an independent element. One volume rests on the other making the shape of the house a rotund staircase to capture views through a facade made by mobile louvers. This simple system allows light and privacy to be control and makes the extension a permeable element in relation to the garden.
A small volume located in front of the house establishes a dialog with the main building and includes an outdoor spa.