â€œNo house should ever be on a hill or on anythingâ€¦.. It should be of the hillâ€¦â€¦â€¦.. Belonging to itâ€¦â€¦.Hill and house should live together each the happier for the otherâ€â€¦..Frank Lloyd Wright.
â€œArd Na Riâ€ is a modern split level home extending to an impressive 291 sq m / 3,131 sq ft. It is laid out over several wonderful floors hovering above a spectacular elevated site, with breath-taking panoramic views of Dublin Bay.
Originating from the mid 1970â€™s the present owners undertook an extensive modernising project which has evolved over the past decade. Apart from the usual improvements one might expect to find in a home of this stature, the installation of a timber clad lift shaft to whisk you from the secure, gated parking area up to the house itself, has the dramatic effect of preparing everyone for something really special to be revealedâ€¦â€¦â€¦..
Its original architect must have been captivated by the spell binding views of Dublin Bay and it is believed that inspiration was drawn from Frank Lloyd Wrights , â€œFalling Waterâ€ to create the origins of the home that exists here today.
Featured on the cover of Times magazine in 1938, â€œFalling Waterâ€ is now a national historic landmark and is widely accepted as the home that set the standard for modern architecture, all those years ago.
It is fair to state that most homes of uniquely similar and interesting designs are inspired by the site they occupy and the surroundings they enjoy. This is one of those inspirational homes that comes along once in a lifetime. From its elevated position it enjoys the most breath taking views of Dublin Bay along with a perfect south westerly sunny aspect.
Access to the house can be taken via the lift or by a winding set of stone steps leading up through the terraced front garden.
Inside, viewers will be greeted by wide generously proportioned rooms filled with an abundance of natural light and all will be drawn towards the wide picture windows framing the mesmerising vista outside.
The views are wonderful by day and spell-binding by night, as the cityâ€™s sky li ...