The Open House Features a Timber Frame

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Sep 15, 2014
References: johnmclaughlin.ie & dezeen
Irish architect John McLaughlin designed the 'Open House' for himself and his family.

His objective was to create a space that fosters a favorable connection with the outdoor garden. McLaughlin blurred this boundary between the indoors and outdoors by installing a set of sliding glass doors framed with timber. The doors, along with floor length windows, allow natural light to enter the open-plan living spaces on the ground floor. The timber that borders the glazing offers visual balance and better insulation. McLaughlin, who self-built, chose timber because it contributes to the openness and lightness of the space. Inside, the living area can also be divided with movable glass partitions.

To maximize the interior space, McLaughlin built storage areas and service utilities into the wall. Underneath the staircase, additional cupboards are located.