Leitrim home wins Architecture Award

The Butterfly House, Doonkelly, Fivemilebourne, designed by LiD Architecture is Ireland’s best new House Extension.  

The Butterfly House, Doonkelly, Fivemilebourne, designed by LiD Architecture is Ireland’s best new House Extension.  

The project undertaken by LID Architecture company based in Letterkenny and Belfast transformed an existing dormer cottage owned by Niamh McCabe with its small windows and low ceilings with an unusual butterfly extension. The idea was to retain the existing cottage intact and to build an autonomous form that would “park” itself at one end. The social areas of the house (kitchen and living) are relocated to the extension, a dramatic sun-filled space with views out to the site and surrounding hills, while the old cottage contains all the ancillary and private spaces.

A large glazed cavity-slider turns the extension into a loggia when open and, through the removal of gable wall, transforms the old living room into a bright space orientated towards the landscape.

The Public Choice Award is set up to raise awareness of architecture in Ireland. Since the shortlist of 34 projects was announced two weeks ago, the RIAI has received over 12,500+ votes, 42.76% of which went to the Engineering Building NUI Galway.

Michelle Fagan, President of the RIAI, commented, “The continuing interest in the Public Choice Award shows that architecture is for everyone. The importance of good design on even the smallest of projects can have a significant impact and can create something beyond the client’s expectations. The buildings that have been recognised through the Architecture Awards prove that architecture can deliver something that is not only functional and beautiful but also add real value. This is why the role of an architect is so crucial to every single building project.”

Engineering Building, NUI Galway, was the Public Choice in this year’s RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012. A total of fourteen projects received awards.  

Full details and images of all the winning projects are available on www.riai.ie.