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Mod Dublin Home Hides Sunken Courtyard, Facade From 1847

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All photos by Alice Clancy via <a href="">Architizer</a>
All photos by Alice Clancy via Architizer

Though unabashedly modern on the exterior, this house in Dublin, Ireland is actually an impressive effort in historic preservation. Taking care to protect the facade of a 1847 Georgian mews house, Los Angeles-based firm Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA) (the same folks who recently updated a landmark midcentury home in L.A.) restored the facade and then sandwiched it between two glazed, contemporary volumes holding open-plan living spaces. The result is not as cramped or awkward as it may sound: to create an indoor-outdoor experience rare in urban Dublin homes, LOHA inserted a sunken courtyard between the modern and historic components, connected by a glass bridge.

Before photo via Dezeen

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