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Manahan Planners,

38 Dawson Street,

Dublin 2,    Ireland.



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The Section below contains a Portfolio of  past projects.

Manahan Planners won an interesting appeal for an individual house in Foxrock, following a refusal by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The appeal revolved around whether or not to build contemporary architecture and indeed what  contemporary architecture was.

The applicant lived in a Protected Structure surrounded by gardens 5.5 acres in extent. She wished to build a new house of 900sq.m.  for herself in a 1.5 acre part of the site which was totally enclosed by mature  trees. The house had  a unique plan form,  was to be sustainably constructed but its external elevation would contain many design features that the Foxrock area is noted for.

The Planning Authority refused permission as it believed that the house "would neither maintain nor enhance the specific character of the Foxrock Architectural Conservation Area..... and would not provide a high quality contemporary design solution, which reflects the age in which we live..."

We argued the house was contemporary in construction  and plan form, that its elevation reflected the Foxrock character,  that it would be totally screened and invisible to passers-by and that a person in building a house for themselves to live in, should not be forced to build to a design that did not like. Our appeal reflected on what exactly was contemporary architecture in any case?

The Board accepted our arguments and stated in part  that "having regard to the secluded and well screened nature of the site, the zoning objectives and pattern of development in the area,  ...., the proposed house would not be injurious  to the character of the Protected Structure or the  Foxrock ACA".

Full details of the case can be seen at PL06D.240072 (Reg. Ref. D11A/0478).

The design was by Paul Sinnott of Sinnott Stewart Architects.