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Wednesday 12 July 2023

Stunning Swilcan Lodge in Kinsale, a new build home, with stunnig harbour views, nearing completion.



Wednesday 5 July 2023

As our town is celebrating @kinsaleartsweekend we thought to share, what is on our drawing board!

This design is for two new dwellings in the heart of #kinsale. The elevated site sits within a walled mature garden of a period property and is afforded spectabulca views.


Monday 3 July 2023

We are delighted to announce that Planning Permission has been granted for a new family home, with stunning views over Bandon River. The site for the proposed replacement dwelling sits on the slopes of a hill that falls down to meet the river and offers spectacular views along the river and towards the new bridge to the Bandon River estuary.

We will be progressing with the project to site very soon, so watch this space for more updates!


Monday 3 April 2023

We are thrilled to announce that our project, Leacaban, at the Old Head of Kinsale, was granted Full Planning Permission!

Wednesday 7 December 2022

We are delighted to end another busy year at CWA, on a very high note, with the news of Planning Permission granted for two new residences in Kinsale! First up is a new family home on a vacant site, on the edge of a wooded escarpment with views accross the townscape and Kinsale harbour. The architectural form of this house is conceived as a ground plane of stone garden walls,with sculptural linear first floor volumes floating above. Watch this space for more updates and the reveal of the second residence that was recently granted Planning Permission.....

#newhome #corkarchitects #corkarchitecture #kinsalearchitects #kinsalearchitecture #contemporaryarchitecture
#irisharchitects #irisharchitecture #riai #kinsale #corkcityarchitects
#homewithaview #design #womeninarchitecture #womeninbusiness

Saturday 1 October 2022

Delighted to be featured (and grab the front cover!) of todays' @irish_examiner glossy Home Magazine. Our award winning project "Peek-a-boo!", speaks to the refurbishment and extension of an existing 1970's bungalow in the heart of #Kinsale.
The house is extended vertically with a living box which is conceived as an extension of the garden space and seeks to visually re-connect the garden with the wooded escarpment and view of #Kinsale harbour beyond.
Thanks to @eve.kelliher for the great article capturing our transformation project so beautifully and discussing the importance of engaging architects for your dream home!
Thanks also to @jedniezgoda for the stunning photographs.

#houseenvy #kinsalearchitects #corkarchitects #corkarchitecture #womeninarchitecture #irishdesign #irisharchitects #irisharchitecture
#ilovekinsale #ilovecork #corkcity #ICIAwards #bungalowbliss #corkarchitects
@riaionline @riaisouthernregion @thewildatlanticway @kinsaleonline

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Thrilled with the new that Full Planning Permission was granted for a new home overlooking the Bandon River.

The new house is in a stunning location, set against a backdrop of mature trees and a rising hill beyond.

The topography of the site falls steeply towards the river and design maximises the view fromt the house, by locating the living accommodation on the first floor.


Tuesday 28 June 2022

CWA recently completed a family home in #Kinsale, that embraces the stunning panoramic views, that this site offered. Conceptually this house has been designed as a shelter formed of large and small scattered sculptured stone shards that might emerge or be found on the undulating topography of this sloped site. 
#barefootluxury  #homebythesea #seaviews  #kinsalearchitects #corkarchitects #reflections


Thursday 28 April 2022

Thrilled to announce that Full Planning Permission has been granted for conservation and adaptive re-use of a former Hall, into a series of living quarters. This magnificent existing Hall is retained,conserved and carefully adapted to allow for the insertion of a new apartment,whilst the stables are brought back to life to provide separate accommodation. Our conservation led approach reflects the understanding of the significance and value of historic buildings and their potential for change and re-use.

Thursday 14 April 2022

We are thrilled for our clients Blacks Brewery & Distillery, that planning permission has been granted for a new, state-of-the-art €8 million Brewery & Distillery complex overlooking Kinsale Harbour.  Comprising of a brewery, distillery, and visitor experience with bar, the new complex  seeks to adaptable re-use and expand an existing derelict structure on an existing brownfield site near Kinsale. 

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Works are progressing with a new private residence overlooking Kinsale harbour. The house benefits from spectacular view over the harbour and out to the bay. The design seeks to engage with these views, with living spaces afford uninterrupted views over the bay. 

Monday 11 April 2022

Honoured and delighted to share the fantastic news, that our project "Peek-a-boo!" in Kinsale, won at last night's Irish Construction Industry Awards! A transformation project that speaks to the refurbishment and extension of an existing 1970's bungalow.
The house is extended vertically with a "living box" which is conceived as an extension of the garden space and seeks to visually re-connect the garden with the wooded escarpment and views of Kinsale harbour beyond.

Friday 20 August 2021

Our project "Peek-a-boo!", featured in this issue of Residential design in Plan Magazine.
An exciting transformation project, re-imagining a 1970's bungalow, creating a contemporary, light filled house, with sea views.

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Site progress: Our latest project is nearing completion and the courtyard gallery space is taking shape. Watch this space for more news updates!

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Planning permission was recently granted for a new home we designed, near Kinsale. Our concept was to create a home that is facing outwards into the landscape and site well, into the existing surroundings, by straightening the existing field patterns.

Monday 27 July 2020

Delighted that we have been awareded Planning Permisssion for this rural retreat near Kinsale.Watch this space for updates on progress on site.

Monday 15 June 2020

Honoured to be selected as finalist for the Irish Construction Awards 2020.Looking forward to the award ceremony, later this year, where the winner will be announced!

Friday 12 June 2020

Work in Progress:
Conservation and adaptive re-use of a former Hall,into bespoke living quaters.

Monday 18 November 2019

What a lovely surprise to see our project feature in this weekends' @irish_examiner
Great article by @carolocallaghan_playing_house about our project 4 Haven Hill in #Kinsale.
We transformed a 1970's bungalow with a new extension an refurbishment.It forms part of an exhibition by the Cork Architectural Association at the Cork Civic Offices and runs until the end of November.
Deligted to earn the accolade of "uber-cool architects"!

Link to article below:
#dontmoveimprove #kinsalearchitects #corkarchitects #ubercoo#architect #corkarchitects
#riai #extensions #BAOYA #BAOYA19

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Honoured that our project was selected to feature on the blog of Colin Murphy, that celebrates the best house design in Ireland!
We spoke to Colin about our project 4 Haven Hill in #Kinsale and you can read his interview with us on his website: https://inspiringme.ie/
Our project has also been selected as finalist in the @building.architect.awards for 2019 and we look forward to attend the awards night in October.

Friday 13 September 2019

We are delighted to be featured in @home_and_build_magazine this month.Our project Ardgwee House grabbed the front cover!
We spoke to Emer Kelly about our practice and approach to design. We are passionate about the designs we create for our clients, bespoke buildings that meet our clients' needs and responds to its unique context.
This project was also selected as a finalist for the Building and Architect Awards and the Irish Construction Awards.
The Home and Build magazine is available in shops now and you can also read more about this project on our website, by following this link:


Tuesday 27 August 2019

Contracts signed and our project in #castlepark #kinsale has started on site.

One of the design challenges for this project was that the site is North facing. We found a design solution that takes advantage of the south light,whilst still maximising views over Kinsale harbour and the stunning surrounding landscape.

Watch this space for more updates for progress on site.


Friday 9 August 2019

We spoke with Carol O'Callaghan from the Irish Examiner about the benefits of hiring a professional to achieve your dream home.

Full article can be found by clicking on the hyperlink here:


Monday 29 July 2019

Delighted to have been selected as Finalist for the Building and Architect if the year Awards 2019 ! For more info on this project in #havenhill #kinsale #cork, and to see how we transformed the original #bungalow existing with a new #houseextension and #homerenovation 
have a peek at our project page, here on our wesite: https://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Haven-Hill/228

Photography by @F22photography_Cork

@BuildingAwardIE #dontmoveimprove #wearecreatives #thinkingoutsidethebox



Monday 8 July 2019

Delighted to announce that planning has been granted for 3no. new dwellings we have designed in Dunderrow, Kinsale, County Cork.

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Our recently completed project at Haven Hill, Kinsale photographed by F22 Photography. The design concept was to refurbish and extend the a dated bungalow, to the front, with a wrap-around extension. The design is conceived as a "viewing device" that frames the panoramic views over Kinsale harbour, through a series of fin walls that echo the angular embattlements of the nearby Charles Fort.

Thursday 7 March 2019

Delighted to announce that we have been awarded planning permission for a new development in Kinsale.

Monday 18 February 2019

Delighted to announce that a CWA project has been nominated for an Irish Concrete Society 37th Award.


Tuesday 8 January 2019

A celebratory cappucino from The Blue Haven Hotel, after receiving a grant for planning permission for a new project in Kinsale, following an appeal to An Board Pleanala. A great start to 2019 and Happy New Year to all the friends of CWA!

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Delighted to end 2018 with the award of the final grant of planning permission to our design in Castlepark, Kinsale. Looking forward to break ground in 2019! More info to follow soon...watch this space!

Tuesday 27 November 2018

We are delighted to announce that we received Planning Approval following appeal for a major new mixed-use scheme in Bandon. The building form is designed to follow the historic street pattern and creates a new "Town Square" wrapped by a "Loggia".The project delivers a new civic hub for the town and includes a new public library and retail at ground floor. The upper floors will accommodate both private and public healthcare users. 

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Delighted with receiving the Final Grant for Planning Permission today, for another transformation project. This design developed through a study of a series of Elevational Studies, resulting in a bespoke solution for our clients' needs.

Thursday 1 November 2018

Autumnal sunrise in one of our recently completed house designs. Coming to the website soon...watch this space!

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Delighted that CWA has been selected to take part in the annual exhibition of the Cork Architectural Association entitled "Geometry + Space". 

Monday 8 October 2018

Great progress on site with the structure up and alteady framing the views!

Thursday 16 August 2018
Delighted to have been selected by @inspiringme_ie for house of the day.Check out their Instagram account for more detail and to discover more exciting contemporary Irish architecture.
Friday 10 August 2018

Overlooking the estuary, our project in Ringnanean is nearing completion.The design included the re-furbishment of and extension to an existing cottage. A clear storey bring daylight into the circulation area. A rich palette exterior finishes of slate, render and timber finishes insure the cottages sits well into the natural landscape.

Monday 23 July 2018

Progress on site to capturing the view of Charles' Fort.

Friday 23 March 2018

Roof structure of our project for the renovation and extension of an existing cottage on the banks of the Belgooly river is nearing completion.The next phase of the works include the completion of the window installation and the complement of natural slate cladding to the roof and walls of the extension.

Monday 12 February 2018

Works are progressing well with the construction of Ardgwee House in Kinsale. Scaffolding has been dropped and internal fit-out is nearing completion.

Check out our project page to find out more:http://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Adgwee-House/215

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Developing proposals for a new mixed-use scheme in West Cork including a new public library and primary care centre. The project aims to form a new civic hub for the town including creation of a new public square.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Works have commenced on the renovation and extension of an existing cottage on the banks of the Belgooly River. The external walls of the extension are to be clad in natural slate laid vertically. More details on the proposal can be found here http://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Ringnanean/225

Wednesday 6 September 2017

CWA is delighted to be appointed to develop design proposals for the renewal of an existing bungalow in Kinsale. Proposals include the re-organisation of the ground floor to create a series of large open plan living spaces and the construction of a new lightweight first floor.

The design is based around a new folded wrap, which is folded aroudn the existing house to both enclose the new first floor and increase the thermal performance of the retained sections of the existing house. The wrap is clad in slate and echoes the vernacular vertical slate clad architecture of Kinsale. Judicious positioned openings are cut in the folded slate wrap to capture views over Kinsale and down to the sea.

Monday 28 August 2017

Exploring building form of an for an extension of a 1970's bungalow with stunning sea views over Charles Fort in Kinsale, through a series of 70's inspired drawings. The extension re-organises the house, placing the living spaces to the south taking advantage of the sea view.The views are framed through a series of fin walls that echo the embattlements of the nearby Charles Fort.

Monday 31 July 2017

Great progress on site: the 15m² rooflight has been craned into our building in Barrack Street, Kinsale.The first floor living accommodation is now flooded with natural light.

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Works are progressing well with the construction of Adgwee House in Kinsale. Windows are now been installed and preparation for mechanical and electrical services is well underway. We look forward to the scaffolding coming down in the near future and the house revealing itself!

Tuesday 4 July 2017

As the school year ends we are delighted to look back on a rewarding year working with the talented transition year students from Kinsale Community School on the Architecture Foundations, National Architects in Schools Initiative. The year ended with presentation of students' work including proposals for a new bus shelter and garden for the school. Well done to all the students who took part!

Saturday 22 April 2017

Delighted with Carol O'Callaghan's article in today's Irish Examiner about The Skinny House.

Thursday 20 April 2017

Study for a new mixed use development considering public space, connectivity and modern insertions into a Protected Structure.

Friday 7 April 2017

The new first floor plate has been craned into site for our project on Barrack Street. The new first floor contains a large open plan living space that reconnects the house the with raised rear garden.

Tuesday 14 February 2017

We are delighted to announce that we received Planning Approval for another new residence. The Pavillion in the Landscape is conceived as a simple structure that sits in the horizontal landscape, overlooking the Belgooly river estuary.More information on this particular project can be located on our Projects page.

Tuesday 13 December 2016

CWA are excited to be working on Arundel Mills. The former miller's house, built in circa. 1810 is of notable architectural heritage. The house still retains its wonderful slate hanging elevations, which are sadly increasingly rare. 

Monday 5 December 2016

CWA are advancing proposals for a new private residence in the rolling landscape outside Belgooly village. The house is conceived as a simple compact square form sitting as an ‘object’ in the landscape. The living spaces are orientated to the views and light, while support spaces such as bathrooms and utility rooms are positioned together in a function blocks. 

Saturday 5 November 2016

Great article on our project,St. Annes,Tower Street,Cork City, in today's Irish Examiner.

Have  look here:






Friday 4 November 2016

Ardgwee House is progressing well on site and the building form is taking shape-More info can be located here: http://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Adgwee-House/215

Monday 24 October 2016

CWA’s proposals for renovation and extension of an existing cottage on the banks of the Belgooly River has been awarded planning permission.

More details on proposals can be found here http://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Ringnanean/225

Wednesday 5 October 2016

We are delighted to report a fantastic turn-out to view St. Annes, O’Connorville, Tower Street, as part of the Open House Cork event.

For further details and information on this project, please have a look here http://www.cwarchitects.ie/architects-kinsale-cork/Projects/Wrap-Around-Extension/217

Wednesday 28 September 2016

CWA gained Planning Permission for Deane’s for their new rural house located in Riverstick. The house is conceived as two simple pitched roof volumes which slide past each other. Separating the two volumes is a double height space that ties together all the rooms in the house.

Friday 23 September 2016

CWA are advancing proposals for a new private residence overlooking the estuary of Belgooly River. The house is conceived as a simple ‘pavilion’ sitting in the horizontal landscape of the estuary. The living and bedroom spaces are orientated to the views and light, while support spaces such as bathrooms and utility rooms are positioned together in a function block that faces north. The proposed cladding of corten steel references the rusted corrugated steel roofing of the existing ruinous cottage. 

Friday 9 September 2016

Join us on Sunday, the 2nd October, between 15:00-18:00 for tours of our "Wrap Around Extension" project, located at St. Anne’s, O’Connor Ville, Tower Street-as part of Cork Open House 2016.

For further details and information on other buildings open check out Cork Open House at http://www.openhousecork.ie/



Tuesday 30 August 2016

CWA gained Planning Permission to double the floor plate of a 1970’s bungalow in Kinsale. The new first floor contains a large open plan living space that reconnects the house the with raised rear garden. The ground floor accommodation is re-planned to provide improved bedroom accommodation. 

Monday 4 July 2016

CWA's design proposal for a new dwelling on Barrack Street, Kinsale, have been granted planning permission by Cork County Council. The restricted site area and ground conditions / topography resulted in a building with composed of three “stacked boxes” that are modulated to fit the site.

Friday 24 June 2016

Residential refurbishment project, currintly on site, is nearing completion.The design will give the living space a new lease of life!

Friday 10 June 2016

Follow us on Twitter for updates on our trip to Barcelona! 

Friday 27 May 2016

We are delighted for our clients, Paul and Donna, as Planning Consent was granted for their property in Friary Lane,Kinsale.


Wednesday 18 May 2016

Our new website is live!

We are so excited to finally join the World Wide Web! Thanks to local web designers, ARL Design, we can now reach the world from the village of Kinsale, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

We hope our website will enhance our connectivity to our, already established, social networking sites and showcase some of our work.

If you like what you see, please get in touch, by e-mail, mobile, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn.

We will be posting regular updates on this pages, so watch this space!