County Limerick

Galbally is a nineteenth century planned town with a consistent urban character. The County Council selected a sloping site close to the village square to locate a phased development of social housing.

The first phase of building comprises six three storey family houses and five single storey houses designed for ease of access for old people.

Area: 840 sqm
Completion: 2002

The new houses were considered to be an extension of the existing urban form, two sloping terraces, rendered and slated in traditional materials.

While each house steps from the next, the overall building line slopes with the contour of the site. The entrance to each house has been designed to provide a seat, planting box and threshold cast in terrazzo within a recessed porch, an in-between social zone between house and town. Earth coloured porch walls identify each house within the terrace.