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Marconi Cottage, Ballycastle

as featured on BBC's House of the Year 2012

The site is located on the extreme north coast and previously occupied by a small cottage which is reputed to have associations with Marconi during his time of experimenting with radio signals between Northern Ireland and Scotland. The cottage was in very poor condition and of restrictive proportions and it was considered not feasible to retain the structure but to echo its form and presence with a new structure.

The new dwelling makes reference to the previous cottage with use of punch-hole windows, rendered gables and chimneys, and slated roof in a vernacular idiom all on the landward side. The seaward elevation is a contrasting appearance.  Expansive glazing affords views over private space and panoramic vistas across the sea towards Rathlin Island and Scotland. An original massive stone wall serving as a sea break has been extended around the perimeter as a plinth and unifying element.

barbara cegielka/ john humes/ christina martin/ richard mawhinney