IRELAND: MODERIST ARCHITECTURE & BALLILOGUE
The Barn at Ballilogue
There is a rigour and consideration about good architecture. Considerations of volume, height, space and light are paramount. At Ballilogue the old stone barn has a white box that forms the interior space and contrasts volume with the exposed stonework. The roof glazing and light tubes form a space that feels grand and wonderfully liveable with vertically designed heat sources, wood burning stove and cantilevered fireplace. Incorporated too, is a private garden and enclosed terrace linked through big glass openings enclosed by lavender and eucalyptus.
Take another of the suite of buildings at Ballilogue in the cocoon of a private hamlet, the farmhouse. Set in it's own majestic walled garden the 3 storey stone building was built in 1824. In the late 1990's it's architectural reboot saw bedrooms stacked one on each floor with bathrooms attached using the Danish design Vola fittings, Portuguese limestone sunken baths and glass enclosures. The living space became a double height and vaulted space, re-located to the upper floors overlooking the walled gardens. Bamboo and grasses populate the walled garden facing south overlooking the Kilkenny countryside lining the private driveway. The roof has giant custom-made galvanise units where light cascades through the white spaces along a sculpted chimney breast with a cleverly feature wood burning stove.
The modernist glass atrium is attached to the farmhouse annex, elevated over the gardens with terraces and walkways leading to the living spaces and down through the planted gardens. Glass, rendered stone, fine galvanised supports and Kilkenny stone make this a raw, beautiful and sunny event space for celebrations and also a restful place to relax and view the stars.
Old Dairy and Cottage Museum
The Old Dairy was once a cow shed and milking parlour but is now a long vaulted dining and event space for celebrations, vacations and weekends away at Ballilogue. The Dairy and the on-site Cottage Museum are both located in the central courtyard where friends and family come together when staying at the trilogy of contemporary architectural homes at Ballilogue. The museum was once the home of Mrs. Meaney and remains as testament to rural Irish life untouched with it's settle bed, dresser and fireplace with crane. A contrast to the light filled modernism of the houses themselves.
Finally in the Hamlet cluster is the Lodge at Ballilogue with it's stone exterior and wild flower gardens. Inside are dining and kitchen spaces, beautifully formed that open onto gardens through double French doors. A sun room opens on to the lush planted garden with a sliding glass wall.. Bedrooms with generous bathrooms are positioned with views across the Irish countryside. Who would have imagined these outhouses at Ballilogue becoming such a jewel in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East?
Modernist Luxury Rental
The Award-Winning Ballilogue commissioned London-based modernist Irish architect, Mark Guard to re-imagine this special private luxury rental in the Irish countryside. His book, Walls and Boxes - 25 Years 25 Projects features the work at Ballilogue as one of those key projects. Now the completed project at Ballilogue welcomes groups from around the world for Irish vacations, be-spoke weddings, friends getaways and family get-togethers, all in the tranquil private setting of the Kilkenny countryside less than 2 hours from Dublin city and airport.
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