Westport: This site overlooks the dramatic Clew Bay, and is subject to some of the strongest winds on the western seafront. The house sits on a sloping site, and consists of three elements, each at different levels, which 'cluster' to form a protected entrance courtyard The intention was to form a continuous weave of spaces, internal and external, which closely follow the contour of the land. Exposed windows have slatted timber shutters, which allow the facade to be protected in high winds. The siting and the language stem from the vernacular buildings in the area.Kinvarra:This scheme occupies an existing walled site overlooking Kinvara pier, Dunguaire Castle, and Galway Bay. The existing quayside wall consists of small-scale houses, a large stone grainstore, and remnants of stone boundary walls. The main house and two smaller holiday houses site within the existing walls, forming a forecourt between the houses and the public quayside. The language of the new walls and shutters stems from vernacular farm buildings, offering layers of protection from the sea winds, security when not in use in the winter, and privacy from the active quay in high season.