Dublin – Forget Colen Campbell: when Jake Moulson found himself attempting to renovate a dilapidated townhouse in Georgian Dublin, he looked to Ziggy Stardust, Kubrick and Tarkovsky for reference.
And with that, the London-based architect has created a cohesive and elegant ode to the pop, sometimes campy language of sci-fi. It’s definitely weird – but as a refreshing antithesis to the more muted residential spaces we often see, we definitely love it.
The five-storey townhouse, christened D2, is surrounded by offices and car parks. Unlike its neighbours, this dwelling had a lush garden, which made it an attractive subject for a renovation, despite its dire state and its previous use as a workspace.
Moulson’s first step was to redistribute the light inside the house, to create a series of microspaces. There are inhabitable bays, viewing platforms, light boxes, light-capturing devices and reflective surfaces that basically frame the sky. ‘And then you have the building’s formal front melting into the garden and rear, a chapel used for the family’s art collection and a geological sci-fi kitchen,’ explained the architect when speaking of the CGI-like choices.