Reinvigorating an imagined life

Architect Jake Moulson reworked a dilapidated UK, Dublin townhouse, creating a dramatic interior that can b best described as seductive, flamboyant, restrained and spectacular! The project, called D2 Townhouse, involved renovating a five-storey listed Georgian house that had fallen into disrepair, as well as a coach house in the garden that has become overgrown.
An external cladding system of cast-iron panels was prototyped digitally and features a repeating pattern that has also been used for the railings in the garden and doorways through the house. Gleaming brass furniture curves around the exterior of the parlour, which is painted a deep blue to contrast with the metal. Leather seating niches are set into some of the brass units, and cupboards are hidden in the others.
The kitchen has a sci-fi style row of surfaces made from thermoformed Corian that has been pressed into an undulating shape. A white-painted cupboard made in a neo-Georgian style hides the fridge and other appliances behind a patterned panel.
The family’s art collection is displayed in a room the architects called a “godless chapel” at the back of the house, which has been opened up with a double-height window and a glazed curved bay.
Its floor is made of steel decorated with laser-etched designs in the Adamesque style, an 18th-century neoclassical school of architecture and design. A colourful patterned ceiling in the library was painted by artist Morag Myerscough, and charred timber was used for the wainscotting of the corridors. “Channelling D2 Townhouse’s Georgian inheritance, with its formality, flamboyance, pomp and procession, Jake Moulson wanted to reinvigorate an imagined life, give the house back its body, to re-dress it sharply against the aged grit and grain of its surfaces, and to love it where it had been neglected,” said the studio.

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