Killygarry School Existing Building

Old School, Killygarry

Old School, killygarry

Our project to refurbish, extend and convert the Old Killygarry School to a family home as featured on RTE 1 show; The Great House Revival. This involves the renovation and extension of a 1894 built, two classroom national school in Co.Cavan. Abandoned in 1997, after the construction of a new school, it was due to be demolished, having laid decaying since.

The design maintains and reinstates the presence of the schools setting, with a new extension retracted behind the formality of the original building. It is composed as a dark geometric volume, its exact shape and size ambiguous from the public domain. The structure is clad in vertical black stained larch, grounding it in its setting, whilst distinguishing it from the traditional wet dash of the existing. Whilst distinctively modern the new extension is configured to remain subordinate to the original, the form tempered by a traditional pitched roof.

Killygarry School Existing Building

Killygarry School timber detailing

Killygarry School Existing Plan

Sited along a busy national road, the geometric form of the extension is orientated and structured in direct response to this constraint, maximising privacy for the occupants.

Killygarry School black clad extension

Killygarry School living room

Killygarry School black clad extension box window

Killygarry Schoolhouse

Killygarry School living room

Killygarry School internal refurbishment

Killygarry School internal refurbishment

Internally the large classroom accommodates the main living spaces. The floor level has been raised in part to allow views from the kitchen and dining, with a snug unobtrusively demarked by a change in floor level. A living space in the new extension is intrinsically linked via existing opes in the original stone and brick rear facade. A top lit double height volume between accentuates the juxtaposition and draws light into both.

The staircase is designed as a sculptural piece, folded raw steel, cranked to sit within the constraints of the existing space.

Killygarry School Existing Section drawing

Killygarry School internal refurbishment


Deep punched windows and recessed opes are deliberately orientated to frame views of the surrounding countryside.

Killygarry School box window detail

Killygarry Old School external


Killygarry School Existing Building




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