Irish architects’ design choices: How a mid-terrace Georgian house was brought back to life, room by room

In the third instalment of our Architects at Home series, a Georgian terrace in Phibsborough, Dublin retains its original footprint, but is reconfigured for modern living

Jack O’Kelly sits in his home office, where morning light enters through two east-facing roof lights. Picture by Fergal Phillips

Having spent a number of years in Glasgow, Barcelona and London, Limerick-born architect Jack O’Kelly returned to Ireland in 2014 with a view to setting up his own practice.

First, he needed a home. In late 2015, he viewed a number of Dublin properties. Knowing he wanted to live close to town and looking at the cross-city Luas line expansion, he settled on a mid-terrace Georgian house near Broadstone in Phibsborough. Its rooms had really ...