This site has a prominent location within an Area of Townscape Character and the Malone Conservation Area in South Belfast. The site to be developed is currently the garden of the client’s existing home and they aspire to create a new home for themselves to downsize and eventually retire in.
The immediate context of the Malone area is mostly defined by distinctive one-off dwellings with a special combination of physical fabric and landscape character. Many of these buildings and dwellings maintain a listed status due to their special architectural or historical interest.
The character and appearance of the new proposal had to exhibit a strong sense of place whilst mixing seamlessly to the surroundings respecting the character of the area to an appropriate scale.
The concept, design and client brief established a traditional period dwelling was appropriate for the site with reduced scaling to maintain a commonality of massing to this site. The facades of the dwelling were modulated with features typical of period properties including projecting bays, projecting porch and emphasis on detailing around windows and plinth. The over-sailing eaves surmounted by the hipped roof also reflect the architectural attribute to the built environment.
The use of distinctive materials, such as facing red brick and sandstone surrounds, further respects the character of the area and are typical of the Belfast skyline. The roof will be also use Bangor Blue slates to maintain the language accepted in this area.