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The client approached us to design their home on an outstanding site overlooking the beautiful Lisfannon beach and picturesque Fahan marina in the village of Fahan.

It sits on a distinctive rocky outcrop with a small plateau from which there are panoramic views across to Benevenagh mountain and surrounding areas.  The previous planning approvals on the site reflected the existing traditional structures in the Donegal area but the client wanted to move away from this narrative. 

Our brief was to maximise the extraordinary views while allowing a link to private external spaces.  This allows the building to integrate into its surroundings and slice into the hillside.

Project Cornerstones

Fahan, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
2015–2017
On site

Fahan, Shane Birney Architects
Fahan, Shane Birney Architects
Fahan, Shane Birney Architects
Fahan, Shane Birney Architects
Fahan, Shane Birney Architects
Fahan, Shane Birney Architects

2015–2017

Fahan, Donegal, Republic of Ireland

The client approached us to design their home on an outstanding site overlooking the beautiful Lisfannon beach and picturesque Fahan marina in the village of Fahan.

It sits on a distinctive rocky outcrop with a small plateau from which there are panoramic views across to Benevenagh mountain and surrounding areas.  The previous planning approvals on the site reflected the existing traditional structures in the Donegal area but the client wanted to move away from this narrative. 

Our brief was to maximise the extraordinary views while allowing a link to private external spaces.  This allows the building to integrate into its surroundings and slice into the hillside.