You wouldn't immediately notice it from the outside, but this house has a very flamboyant and sometimes even dramatic interior. D2 Townhouse in Dublin was designed by Jake Moulson Architects and will blow you away with colour and texture.
Other publications called the townhouse 'weird and wonderful' and we couldn’t agree more with that choice of words. The house is peculiar to say the least. Both inside and outside it does not look like a standard house. Before the renovation of the building, this was an ordinary five-storey townhouse hidden between offices and garages. Thanks to the original coach house in the garden – of which not many still exist – this project became an important heritage preservation. Pieces of glass and cast iron were added to the exterior and the interior was also given a special makeover.
Moulson tried to "revive and strengthen the original spirit of the house through contemporary experimentation, daring and ingenuity". He brought spatial drama and transformed the house into a sumptuous oasis in the centre of Dublin. The designer, who opted for a holistic and bold approach, describes the project as "a nucleus for fantastical departure”. He departed from the physical and historical atmospheres of the building and brought them in an interplay.
Moulson tried to "revive and strengthen the original spirit of the house through contemporary experimentation, daring and ingenuity"
More austere spaces with beige, black and white colours alternate with rooms full of bold, bright, strong colours and textures. In the kitchen, for example, you'll find a concrete kitchen unit from Moooi and a large table made of steel and white oak, designed to measure by Moulson himself. From the kitchen you get a sneak peak of the flamboyant space next door, namely the dining room. A room filled with generous blue, gold and leather. A second dining room is calmer and also serves as a gallery. Besides the works against the wall, the laser etched steel floor is the eye catcher of the room. At first glance, the library also looks like a monotonous space, but nothing could be further from the truth if you let your gaze slide upwards. The ceiling was painted by Morag Mysercough and brings colour to the dark furnishings. Also in the master bedroom is a gem, namely the purple quartzite ensuite shower and sink. From purple we go to bright red in the separate dressing room and the door leading to the children's area is bright blue.
Bold colours and textures alternating with white, sober spaces create a unique whole. This was the first project that London-based architect Jake Moulson realised with his solo studio and it was an instant stunner!
Images: Tim Crocker