Sandymount offers a seductive mix of urban and coastal life within walking distance of the city centre. The heart of the village is set around a green where Carolyn Mulholland’s bust of Seamus Heaney surveys the community at rest and play. But the area’s added ingredient is its proximity to the vast stretch of seafront bookended by the Poolbeg towers and the piers and spires of Dún Laoghaire.
Replete with an abundance of period properties, new homes in this part of Dublin 4 are rare.
Monterey is an infill site by Richmond Homes, and built in the rear garden of number 11 Park Avenue, it is situated mere minutes from the green. The nine-unit scheme, on a 1.34 acre site purchased for €4.1 million in 2018, has been designed by ODAA O’Donoghue & Associates Architects, headed by Darrell O’Donoghue, formerly a partner at ODOS Architects. It is the practice’s first multi-unit scheme, and the result is gloriously nuanced in finish and form.
The homes exude a sense of light and space – and also boast an impressive A1 Ber rating. “We put a lot of time into the details. We were on site constantly finessing, to amend, revise and edit, as the build progressed,” O’Donoghue says.
The energy-efficient element has been addressed with full-fill cavity insulation, floor-to-ceiling triple glazing by Cortizo, and flat roofs covered in sedum providing greenery from every window. In addition to air-to-water, heat pump-operated underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation, the practice worked with a thermal modeller to forensically examine every part of the build to eliminate cold bridging, O’Donoghue explains.