Teach Bing

Private dwelling near Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, 2010-2014.

Teach Bing shelters and protects while allowing the inhabitants to live within the landscape. The plan kinks to create a sheltered sun filled enclosure. This external space becomes an extension of the building as large glazed sections slide away to merge the inside and outside.

Donegal Mountains have long been a source of inspiration for architects. The organic form of Teach Bing is a direct interpretation of the dramatic folds and undulations of the Derryveagh mountain range.

The zinc clad roof reflects the ever changing light of the Donegal skies. The silvery blue zinc weathers to a dark blue/black colour. The visual impact of the structure is lessened as the roof almost disappears into the sky and becomes part of the landscape.

The traditional roughcast wet dash render stands as a tribute to the rich heritage and local architectural language. It accentuates the robustness and protective nature of the building.

The ceiling of the main living space rises outwards as the building embraces the landscape. One is able to experience the landscape, not just view it.


Sunday Times – Take me to church (February 2015)