Dublin-based Clancy Moore Architects transformed a warehouse into a stylish home and photography studio. Because of the context, this project has an industrial look that at the same time feels warm and homely thanks to the right furniture and details.
Architectural firm Clancy Moore was founded in Dublin in 2008 by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore. “We seek to understand context in the fullest sense of the word – physical, historical, social, legislative and economic aspects all impinge and shape the architecture,” they say. The studio developed a unique style and its own architectural language with which they've completed numerous beautiful projects and won several awards.
“Columns, beams, staircases and cabinets are arranged as figures in the space.”
This spacious warehouse, with an area of 220 m2, was given a thorough makeover and transformed into a family home that at the same time serves as a photography studio for clients. The building is in a narrow location and built around a double-height atrium space that serves as the primary family room and also a kind of recreation room. Because this was a warehouse, the spaces are very large and open which is certainly a plus for a home. Due to the former function of the building, it has an industrial and sometimes rough look that was softened by the right selection of furniture and details. The interior is minimalist but still feels warm and homely thanks to the well-considered pieces and colours. "The architectural language is developed around a suite of elements required to deliver the brief. Columns, beams, staircases and cabinets are arranged as figures in the space," the architects tell us. Four skylights provide plenty of natural light in the centre of the house. Around the atrium, there are several smaller, more enclosed spaces including the kitchen and dining room, an office, utility room and den. These rooms have lower ceilings compared to the large, open central living room, providing a cosy contrast. These smaller rooms, as well as various details throughout, were given a different colour like dark green or black, while the largest room is completely white. On the first floor, there are two large units: one for the parents and one for the children. Images © Fionn McCann