Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Although I’m not the least bit Irish (my Tom Jones-loving, leek-eating blood comes from the land of the Red Dragon), one thing I crave around St. Pat's Day is to hear an authentic Irish accent. My roommate — she used to live in the UK and has a true knack for accents — does a spot-on “Oirish” imitation but on a day like today I need the real deal.
This is where Miles Sampson, a County Clare-based architect specializing in sustainable homes, saves the day. The building of one of his low-energy homes, a “Geomorphological House,” in the rural west of Ireland has been captured on film and even if you aren’t intrigued by the home’s various green features (grass sod roof, vacuum tube solar panels, recycled newspaper insulation, heat recovery ventilation system, etc.) the authentic Irish narration will surely please.
Sampson's home is remarkable. There’s nothing fussy about it; it’s just a smart, sustainably designed family home that blends beautifully into the grassy, hilly landscape of County Clare and takes full advantage of passive solar gain. Take a look (and a listen) below. And in case you're still hung up on "geomorphological," here's a definition.