New Dwelling Randals town

New Dwelling, Randalstown

Randalstown House

Few buildings in Northern Ireland have attracted such critical attention in recent years as the house Alan Jones designed for his young family. Its neighbours include an Orange Hall, a British Legion memorial garden, a Presbyterian Church and hall, a Masonic Hall and an Anglican Church. With its simple, two-storey gable-fronted form this looks like one more hall. The ambiguity is reinforced by stripping away the normal visual detail associated with houses. The roof and walls are dark, clad all over in a fibre-cement suit of armour. Windows are tall and hooded. Gutters and rainwater pipes are suppressed. The tall ground floor is a vast single volume flooded with south light. Full-height sliding and pivoting doors can subdivide the living spaces. 


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