North Adams House

North Adams House

Architect
Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location
Arlington, VA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Anice Hoachlander
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Facade claddingTrespa
Porcelain TileStone Source
Otto
WindowsWindsor Windows and Doors
Pinnacle
Front pivot doorWestern Window Systems
Interior lighting: Recessed ceiling lightEurofase

Product Spec Sheet
Facade cladding
Porcelain Tile
Otto by Stone Source
Windows
Front pivot door
Interior lighting: Recessed ceiling light

North Adams House

Robert M. Gurney Architect as Architects

This new house in Arlington, Virginia is located on a small corner lot amid houses of varying architectural styles built at different times over the last century. Zoning requirements provided an opportunity to design a site plan that simultaneously respects the setback requirements of the neighborhood and diminishes the line between public and private space on the corner of this suburban intersection. Material transparency paired with a low garden bring a connection to suburban street life that the other houses on the street do not achieve.

photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander

As a corner parcel, the structure is surrounded by green space on all sides between the sidewalks and roads. Floor to ceiling glass in the main living area affords views to the garden and provides windows to observe the busy pedestrian activity found at this intersection. Two motorized screens of varying opacity extend from ceiling pockets to modulate solar gain and privacy as desired.

photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander

The exterior material palette is derived from the variety of materials found on the neighboring houses.  These include stucco, painted wood clapboard and brick. The interior finishes are minimal and restrained.

photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander

While the massing, material selection and placement on the site are designed with respect to the neighboring houses, this is not a “revivalist” building. The house is intended to provide open, light-filled spaces that interact with the surrounding gardens and provide a framework to participate in the lively activity this site provides.

Team:
Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Project Architect: Matt Stephens
Contractor: Washington Landmark Construction
Structural Engineer: United Structural Engineers, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects

photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit Anice Hoachlander
Anice Hoachlander
Caption
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Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Cementitious Stucco, hand troweled finish. Stained Cedar Siding. Trespa Meteon Panels
2. Flooring: White Oak wood flooring.  Otto porcelain tile from Stone Source
3. Doors: Front pivot door by Western Windows
4. Windows: Windsor Pinnacle Clad
5. Interior lighting: Recessed ceiling lights by Eurofase
6. Interior furniture: Supplied by homeowner

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