This research dissertation aims to examine domesticity, in a broad sense of the word; through the design of a domestic space underpinned by the inseparable ecological and social aspects of rural living. The proposed domestic landscape is situated along the River Erkina, a tributary of the River Nore in Durrow, Co. Laois, Ireland.
The work of Gaston Bachelard and Paul Ricoeur frames the poetic and narrative background of the research. The project engages subjective literature and fiction to inform a method of thinking about the landscape over time and to open up responsive designs in the context of the site. Temporal narratives are constructed of human and non-human actants to inform the design process and the way in which construction details are imagined. Through reflective and creative techniques of designing and making, the proposed architecture opens up the façade, roof and ground to create generous space that accommodates a range of activity. Exploration at various scales synthesizes the details into a domestic landscape suggesting new ways of designing, living and ‘becoming-with’ in landscape.