Grillagh Water House, Maghera

by Patrick Bradley Architects

Grillagh Water is a contemporary house that is situated on a picturesque site in rural Northern Ireland. Employing cantilevers and sculptural forms, a natural palette of finishes in rusted corten steel and dark grey expanded metal, and a concept based on the simple forms and materials of agricultural sheds located throughout the rural countryside, this building both complements its site and surrounding landscapes.

As part of an experimental project the building was designed not only to be innovative, but help changes the perceptions of Northern Ireland’s idea of rural contemporary architecture and how good design can raise the spirits and emotions of its occupants within a modest budget.

The Grillagh Water house was designed not only to camouflage itself into its surroundings, but be an elegant piece of architecture that betters the site to where it now existences.

The layout of the house takes full advantages of what the site has to offer with outstanding views of the Historic ‘Drumlamph Woodland’, by-passing ‘Grillagh River’ and mountains beyond, with accommodation that’s functionally and practical in the day to day living of its occupier.

Innovated in design and constructed, with the use of new technologies and details, provides a building that is not only low in maintenance, but also low in running costs.
Being constructed out of four 45ft high cube shipping containers which is a first for rural Northern Ireland, the building is also a first in terms of dramatic bespoke architecture being designed and constructed in the rural countryside.