Today’s interesting family house is located in the town of Mullingar, Ireland. At 160 m2 (1,722 ft2) it is the largest house we’ve featured. However it has four bedrooms so it just barely meets our criteria for what we consider small.
Stephen Roe and Chiafang Wu of ROEWUarchitecture designed the home, wrapping it in a continuous skin of cedar shingles that blurs the boundary between wall and roof. They folded the cedar skin into a double-gable form that complies with local requirements for new construction to blend in with the form and scale of traditional cottages in the area. The architects further manipulated the cedar skin by pulling it outward to create a protective overhang for the door leading to the terrace. The result is a house with a fairly organic, informal appearance.