Precast House by FKL Architects


Dublin practice FLK Architects have completed a precast concrete residence overlooking Dublin Bay in Howth, Ireland.

Called Precast House, the project comprises three separate volumes emerging from the sloping site - a house, garage and swimming pool.

The three buildings are made of polished precast concrete, combined with large windows and glass balustrades to reflect the surrounding landscape.

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Photographs are by Verena Hilgenfeld.

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Precast House

The site is long, sloping, falling towards cliffs and the sea.

Entering the site the viewer’s eye is drawn to the horizon, the viewer is pulled towards the abstracted line.

The project is defined in conceptual terms as three discrete forms - garage, house and swimming pool - each emerging from the landscape, their respective heights being determined by the use of each form.

The relationship between the three elements is a casual one, slipping past each other, sliding towards the sea.

The three forms are detailed in the same manner and use the same material, polished precast concrete.

The surface tension across the facades is maintained by the flush detailing of the windows and the glass balustrades.

The reflected landscape is visible in both materials glass and polished precast concrete.

At first floor level (entry level) the plan is open with the primary living spaces and entrance having an overlapping relationship.

Within the field of the first floor a number of walnut clad timber elements are slipped between floor and ceiling planes, defining the flow of the space and adding richness to the interior.

At ground floor level (sleeping level) the situation is more introverted.

The figure ground relationship is the reverse of the first floor, the plan is treated as a solid mass that has been carved out to make a cruciform circulation space with the bathrooms and bedrooms retained inside the remaining form.

Posted on Monday November 16th 2009 at 12:51 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • yes … I think this is a good looking house … and the landscape is great

  • G

    As always, FKL has done a brilliant job. Great stuff.

  • bebo

    the lighting is amazing, this is realy beautiful, love it.

  • J*

    chunky hey!

  • prisc

    it would be much practical for housings/residential projects with precast

  • Bex

    Very nice, but I’d like to see what furniture they put in there!!

  • dw

    very gentle!

  • N

    Nicely constructed views, hard to go wrong though with an open landscape like that. Not the most inspiring elevations from what I see in the photos.
    All very flashy and nice finishes, will blend in well in a book about flashy and nicely finished houses. Somewhat lacking in personality.

  • Navid

    you see there is no need to kill yourself with computer renders, let’s go back to model making a bit again!

  • I love the premise that the house is built around precast elements. It is a well detailed and slick seamless exterior, however, I am puzzled at the narrow width of some of the ensuite and other rooms, which feel a tad restrictive when considering its a new build house.

    Otherwise – inspirational project

  • Minimalist

    Beautiful house — love the “flush” look of the facade and interior details. But please put some plants in that giant yard ! Good (even minimal) landscaping enhances the holistic appearance of a architectural gem in combination with its natural setting.


    very nice and how the window look from outside which is reflect on it the landscape great .

  • ringo star

    I feel an ’emerging form’ coming on.