Cootehall Retreat

Situated on a sensitive site on the banks of Oakport Lough on the River Shannon at Cootehill, the National Association of Housing for the Visually Impaired (NAHVI) required a retreat centre on the site for visually impaired children. The brief dictated a building of over 500sqm, however the sensitive setting prohibited a monolithic structure of such scale. The solution lay in shifting some of the building underground into an existing hillock on the site with the remainder being dispersed as a cluster of vernacular agricultural forms. The result was a naturally light and intimate cluster of connected forms.

  • Cootehall Retreat
    • Health & Educational
  • National Association of Housing for the Visually Impaired
  • 2007
  • €1.6m
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