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This rural bungalow in North Cork adopts an intimate courtyard arrangement which frames it’s beautiful mountainous backdrop.


The bungalow is intelligently designed to minimise circulation/wasted space. Its U-shaped plan forms a 3-sided courtyard which is open on the fourth side to the beautiful mountainous landscape beyond. Courtyards such as this, were a common feature of traditional farmhouses, and are especially useful in defining a smaller, more intimate, external space in a large, open green field site. The courtyard arrangement also allows the main living space and master bedroom to have glazing on three aspects (East, West & South), meaning they receive direct sunlight from morning to evening, and the house itself is oriented to maximise daylight and solar gain.