It is the light that first hits you when you enter Hendre. The entire house is designed to maximise the beautifully clear light of the Irish coast, flooding through full-height glass walls and windows to infuse the design with the natural beauty of a magnificent setting.
Situated in Killiney Hill, above Killiney Bay, just outside of Dublin, the villa was devised to maximise this light and space. Inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe, it sits on the site of Lt. Col. E. Watson's large 1906 estate, but was completely rebuilt in 2007 by architects Smith and Kennedy, and renovated in 2014 to bring the level of finish and amenities on par with the dramatic architecture and impressive location. The result is a Modernist masterpiece, sitting proudly in 1.03 acres of private parkland; an iconic design statement transformed into a flexible and beautiful family home.
At 637 square metres, Hendre is surprisingly spacious for a modernist home. Deliberately designed to provide communal and private spaces for both work and leisure, it is both a family and corporate space without either function intruding onto the other. Throughout, a passion for clean-lined elegance is evident. Marble and solid walnut flooring, honed German limestone from the Jura Alps, porcelain Azuliber tiles from Spain and Little Green paint finishes have been hand-picked to create an elegantly contemporary yet welcoming aesthetic that is a beautiful complement to the striking architecture.
It is also a house that has been designed to work with its surroundings. Three floors cascade down a sylvan sloping site to ensure that almost every room looks out over the sweeping coastal panorama. At the garden level, four ensuite bedrooms offer a calm an ...