At the heart of the south Kilkenny farming community are clusters of stone buildings made up of ajoining farms and homesteads that existed in pockets throughout the rural landscape of Ireland, operating as small villages or hamlets in densely populated, close knit farming communities.
While most have disappeared or remain as stone relics overgrown in the linear vernacular architecture of the time, Ballilogue is quite unique in that the fabric of the 1800's stone farmhouse, barns and dairy
remain intact, as does the pre-famine cottage which may date to the 1600's or earlier. Ballilogue has undergone a remarkable re-generation in the clever transformation of the existing structures, adding new buildings in stone, retaining the fabric of what exists but introducing the elements of contemporary, minimal architecture to infuse light, maximise interior spaces and form stylish living and outdoor inter-connected spaces.
THE HAMLET AT BALLILOGUE
This work has been carried out over a period of 18 years starting in 1999 by the Irish born, London based, modernist architect, Mark Guard, working with the then owners to re-imagine the buildings with an overall vision for the stone hamlet.
The work undertaken, led to the transformation of spaces, the painstaking task of preserving the existing structures and the realisation of an interconnected series of houses and communal spaces around a central courtyard within the hamlet of Ballilogue.
WALLS & BOXES BY GUARD TILLMAN POLLOCK
Guard refers to one element of this re-imagining of Ballilogue in Walls and Boxes, 25 years, 25 projects is the work of Guard, Tillman Pollock, the recently published book which features the Barn at Ballilogue and the plan and execution of the wonderful modernist design for this stone building.
DESIGN BY MARK GUARD, ARCHITECT
BALLILOGUE BARN - REIMAGINED
Throughout the rural landscape of Ireland there existed small rural settlements, clusters of stone buildings, both habitable and to house livestock, dependent on agriculture, that operated as small villages or hamlets. Ballilogue in south Kilkenny was no exception as a densely populated, close knit farming community.