Galway County Council have announced their decision to grant planning permission for the new bedroom wing that we designed for the Connemara Hostel that looks out over the wonderfully beautiful Killary Harbour near the village of Leenaun. The design is inspired by the landscape of Connemara and its famous mountains like the Twelve Bens.
The design inspiration is evident when looking at the building from the water as the proposed roof has the shape and profile that is similar to the profile of the mountains. The roof will be clad in grass as a twin strategy, both to symbolise the mountains and as part of the sustainable credentials of the project. Other eco aspects of the project include grey water recycling and low energy construction.
Connemara Hostel is located overlooking Killary Fjord, one of only 3 Fjords in Ireland and an important stop on the Wild Atlantic Way. Just beside is the world renowned Killary Adventure Company offers many sporting activities in this beautiful landscape, including sea kayaking and turf bog challenge. See http://www.sleepzone.ie/the-connemara-hostel for more details.
Planning permission was granted straight away without even a request for further information, demonstrating the care we took in preparing the drawings and documents. We now look forward to bring the project to the next stage and look forward to starting construction early next year.
Image showing the mountains in Connemara