Mimetic House, Dromehair, Ireland

Irish architect Dominic Stevens only does one or two projects a year from his one-man studio, based in an old refrigerated truck. He does his own carpentry and juggles his architecture with farming. (he breeds goats, chickens and geese as well as making cheese), in the Irish town of Cloone, population 327.

He lives in a crude house of plywood and sheets of glass, saying "Today the house is one of those unknown objects for which people always have to call in the experts to repair it. If instead our children grew up in a house in continual construction, they would learn about the art of building and could build their own houses."

"The house does not alter the landscape where it sits, it is itself the landscape, which changes with the passing of the seasons, altering the house"

He designed the Mimetic (dictionary: Characterized by mimicry; -- applied to animals and plants; as, "mimetic species; mimetic organisms.") House for conceptual artists. According to Domus:

Stevens chose the site — a lush green plateau that momentarily interrupts and plunges into a small valley — and placed on top of it, as if it were a bridge, a box with walls slightly angled outwards. With the choice of cladding material (sheets of glass rhythmically alternated with reflective panels) and a grass roof, it imitates the Irish countryside and only reveals itself at night with the lights shining from inside. The building hides a second secret: Stevens has cut into the slope below to carve the house's entrance out of the hillside. The bedrooms, bathroom and cloakroom are caverns dug out of the earth.

So one enters this human habitat through the ground before being taken up by a spiral staircase towards the daylight and into a room dominated by white. Here architecture is remade as art, with a tight sequence of bright white panels alternated with fractions of the landscape. ::Domus via ::2Modernblogs

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