10 Grangegorman Villas, a residential development by ODOS Architects, was recently bestowed the honor of best house at the Irish Architecture Awards 2009. The urban infill project is an unapologetically modern home that responds to the restraints of its city site. The interior volumes of the home are clearly expressed through the exterior elevation, with three distinct levels defined by horizontal structural lines. A motorcycle workshop and garage occupy the ground level, and living spaces are located in the two upper levels. At the ground level entrance, occupants are immediately greeted by staircase that spans all three levels, creating visual continuity between spaces. The middle level contains bedrooms, and the top level is configured as an open-plan living and dining space. Full height glazing creates a bright, naturally lit interior. The glazing and exterior privacy screens make the house appear lighter and less imposing when viewed in its architecturally traditional context. A terrace on the highest level and partially covered patio at the rear extend living space to the exterior.
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