This four-bedroom house is cut from a hillside in Co. Kerry. Spatially it takes the order of farm buildings in the valley, and takes its form directly from the topography. It is made from local materials – concrete and stone – by making the stone cladding, the mortar, and the point at which the stone and concrete join, explicit, it explores the nature of the blend between these two materials over time. It also uses a concrete roof to emphasise the closeness of its form to the landscape.
Seen from a distance, the building tends to disappear – its presence revealed only by the reflection of the evening sunlight on the glass. Inside, the floor edge floating above the valley, and the rake of the ceiling, gives the impression of space merged with landscape.