Contemporary architecture at Ballilogue.

Ballilogue: A vision of contemporary architecture in the Irish countryside.

The clusters of farm dwellings and homes in thatch and stone that existed throughout the Irish countryside are long since gone. They made up a kind of village life before and after the Irish famine and well into the 20 th century. Many of these places are testament to Irish vernacular architecture where farmhouses, cottages, barns and dairy formed a linear pattern fronted by cobbled farmyards and hedging.

At Ballilogue, the village like cluster of fine stone buildings remained untouched, big farmhouses and fine stone cottages lived in by farming families long after emigration took neighbours and siblings to America and Canada, tucked away in the tranquility of the south Kilkenny countryside. Their structures ripe for the vision and passion of the London based, Irish architect, Mark Guard to create anew.

Since the turn of the millennium, Guard has applied the principles of contemporary design to the Irish vernacular architecture that existed untouched at Ballilogue in the stillness of the Kilkenny countryside.

The Kilkenny stone has been retained and repointed for its appeal and tradition. White walls, interior vaulted spaces, galvanised roof lights, simple wood framed doors and windows now flood the spaces with light and warmth. Living spaces are set high above the ground, overlooking the Kilkenny countryside beyond, bedrooms have spacious bathrooms that retain stone and overlook gardens and orchards. Multiple staircases maintain both private suites and the footprint of the original converted barns. The marrying of tongue and groove vaulted ceilings, carved staircases and shutters create the architectural beauty and attention to detail that is the Ballilogue today.

Private events happen here, away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Weddings, celebrations, family and friends get-togethers and corporate teams from around the world imagining the future in the stillness of the Kilkenny countryside. Perhaps interrupted only by a trip to beautiful Inistioge for a pint, a round of golf at Mt. Juliet or Kilkenny city with it's castle, brewery, galleries and fine restaurants.

See recent Irish Examiner feature on Ballilogue including interview with it's architect, Mark Guard of Guard Tillman Pollock, London.

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