Clifden House

Clifden, Co. Galway.

The site is located on the banks of the Owenglin River close to the center of the town. The house and access road are  raised above the existing ground level to avoid the periodic flooding . The form of the house is inspired by the boulders and driftwood that are a feature of the river landscape, deposited on the landscape following flood periods. The rounded forms of the living spaces are reminiscent of boulders and the wood clad stairs and circulation evoke driftwood wedged between the rocks. The house form is equally comfortable sitting in a grassed meadow or surrounded by a pond of floodwater.