Describing Architecture

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Clifden House / Ryan W. Kennihan Architects


Inkjet, Pencil, Watercolour on Watercolour paper
516 x 762mm

The house rises on the only buildable land on a flood plain site at the edge of Clifden. Imagined as a rational geometric object in a wild Western landscape, it will eventually be subsumed by suburban development – though it will always remain an island, a folly, a picture of a past time.

The origin of the design lies in its double, on the exact opposite side of the country at the Casino at Marino. Originally built as a pleasure pavilion in a constructed picturesque landscape, it now sits in suburban Dublin surrounded by estates, schools, and office parks – a remnant of a former culture and landscape.

[Special thanks to Matthew Webb]