Ailesbury Road

AILESBURY ROAD, ballsbridge, dublin 4

Gut Renovation of a 1970’s Apartment


An unloved 1970’s apartment was in need of such extensive upgrading and energy-efficiency improvements that my advice was simple – undertake a total gut & refurbishment – an approach that would be less costly in the long run than attempting piecemeal improvements.


The shape of the unit and location of windows meant that there was little choice but to work with a long internal corridor. Apartment corridors tend to be visually cluttered due to their constrained size and the amount of detail contained.


The overall design approach was one of reduction and simplification – removal of superfluous detail and keeping surfaces and details as flat and streamlined as possible. This apparent simplicity was only achieved through carefully considering each and every material / junction / detail and designing them to fit within this philosophy.


The design is arranged as two insertions – defining the sleeping and bathroom areas. Clearly identifiable as discreet volumes, each has a single unifying colour and streamlined detail reinforcing the aesthetic approach. The negative space in between becomes the corridor leading to the main Living / Dining space. Doors are flush, full height and without architraves. Skirtings are omitted. Walls are panelled in fire-retardant MDF – junctions are simple shadow-gaps.


Bespoke built-in furniture is fitted throughout to visually streamline the spaces and allow ample discrete storage – the key to successful living in smaller spaces. The requirement for loose furniture is therefore reduced – further decluttering the space.


This was an extremely enjoyable project – one that afforded the opportunity to re-examine the typical domestic details. Details we tend to barely notice anymore.

typology Refurbishment; Interior Design
AREA 87m2
Status Completed, Summer 2015.