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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Designing appropriate buildings Considering building form If the characteristic architectural form of the locality is PROPORTION not understood, championed and applied to the design & SCALE from the outset, a scheme will never succeed in fully NUMBER OF integrating within its rural environment. Generally, rural STOREYS Ulster residential buildings should be arranged in a linear floor plan, at a human scale and height and well pro- portioned. In all solutions a common theme of simplicity is key. It is often appropriate to use a range of simple forms as this approach can give a scheme the appearance that BUILDING FORM it has grown and adapted over time. Also varied simple shapes and styles can better accommodate “personal- isation” by tenants. This is not just the welcome addition of hanging baskets or maybe a red post box, but major alterations including extensions and replacement doors and windows. If the building is already different from its neighbours, these changes will be much less noticeable. Residents often make such changes to differentiate their dwelling in those developments where standardised FLOOR PLAN: ARRANGEMENT & AREA houses types were used throughout. FIG. 01: Vernacular dwellings at Tynan, Co.Armagh, demonstrating how a range of building forms have come together effec- This affordable housing scheme at Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow by Sean Harrington Architects for Wicklow County Council, tively to create a pleasant and attractive rural composition at the heart of the small settlement. uses simple rural building forms to create a varied streetscape which is visually pleasing. 88 89
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