Greetings from Ireland! 🙂
Today we bring you to the most stunningly covert shipping container house in Northern Ireland in which architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built using four used shipping containers. He developed Grillagh Water House for a picturesque site on his own farm near the town of Maghera, taking advantage of local legislation that allows farmers to build dwellings on their land.
Having originally designed a house that employed conventional construction methods, the architect realized that he needed to reduce the cost to meet his budget, and instead came up with an alternative solution. The construction of the property was documented last year on British television show Grand Designs, which Bradley said has led to several thousand emails including requests to design houses in dozens of countries around the world.
From the architect. Located on the Banks of the ‘Grillagh River’ to locals known as Pixies Paradise, young Architect Patrick Bradley has designed his unique bespoke dwelling set within Northern Irelands Rural Countryside adjacent to the historic Picturesque Drumlamph Woodland, which is the only remains of the ‘Great Forest of Killetra’ which once would have covered the whole of Northern Ireland.
The containers were purchased in the town of Bangor and trucked to the site, before being assembled around a steel framework. Two of the metal boxes extend from the entrance at the end of a gravel lane. They both sit on top of the other pair of containers, which nestle in a perpendicular orientation in the lee of a gentle slope. The upper level cantilevers over the lower story, culminating in a balcony surrounded by steel fins that protect the interior from unwanted solar gain. The stacked formation of the metal boxes also creates space on top of the lower portion for a terrace, surrounded by a glass balustrade and connected to the garden below by a minimal metal staircase.
“Even though it’s a house made out of containers I didn’t really want it to look like a house or like an idea of a farm building,” added Bradley, who cited Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water house in Pennsylvania as inspiration. “I actually wanted it to act like a sculpture in the landscape but still blend in with its surroundings.”
The house is the first modern shipping container construction designed and built in Northern Ireland, with the primary structure made up of four 45ft shipping containers, merged together to form two large daring cantilever forms. The dwellings layout has been cleverly design to take full advantage of the site outstanding views to the surrounding picturesque landscape, mountains beyond, historic Drumlamph woodland and nearby Grillagh River (salmon river).
To ensure the building complements the forms and colors found in the local area, the containers on the upper level are clad in grey powder-coated expanded metal sheets, while the lower portion is covered in panels of pre-rusted Corten steel.
“This is a very rural part of Northern Ireland so I tried to use materials that are common in the area,” explained Bradley. The grey color is similar to many of the agricultural buildings around here and the Corten steel cladding was used to blend in with the landscape and the rock that was already on the site.”
To make the containers habitable, they were insulated and weatherproofed to prevent the build-up of condensation that could cause the metal surfaces to rust. The entrance on the upper level opens into a corridor. This leads past a galley kitchen to an open-plan living and dining area, which looks out across Bradley’s farm through full-height windows. A staircase between the kitchen and living space descends to the lower floor, where a window frames a view of the rocky earth.
On approach to the house you travel on a gravel laneway with dry stone walling to both sides which separates the site boundary and surrounding agricultural fields. At the end of access sits the house, and with the smallest elevation you find only the primary entrance door in bold orange with a minimal cantilevered porch above.
“The way the house is designed with two levels creates an open space on the top floor that makes the most of the views and then the lower two containers provide a more private and intimate space,” the architect said.
“The idea was to create a completely different atmosphere between the two levels.”
At the bottom of the stairs is a screen that opens onto a bathroom with a suspended hammock-like bathtub. One end of this level is occupied by a bedroom with a sliding glass door. It faces out onto fields, as well as a water trough that creates a boundary to stop livestock from coming up to the house. This level also accommodates a boot room and the master bedroom, which is concealed behind a hidden door and features an en-suite bathroom with an open shower area.
The overall aesthetics and forms of the house which is sculptural like marries beautiful into completely rural setting and with this very modest size house of just 1236 sq. ft. provides everything that’s required to have a prefect family home.
So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂
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