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McLean Estate

Project Details

Location: McLean, VA

Date: Summer 2017

Services: Land Planning & Feasibility
  Architectural Design
  Construction Documents
  Construction Administration

Credits: Hoachlander Davis Photography

An uncharacteristically pristine lot hosts this grand estate home designed for a young family in McLean, Virginia. Positioned in a distant corner of an established subdivision, the home’s 2-acre site backs to a protected natural easement – ensuring uninterrupted, exclusive views of the lush surrounding trees. Using this as inspiration and capitalizing on its solar orientation, the home’s massing and program are configured to establish a dynamic indoor/outdoor connection. The primary living spaces are concentrated at the rear of the home and a characterized by vibrant exposure to sunlight and curated views to three sides of the property. A broad terrace and covered veranda wraps the perimeter of these spaces, providing venues for year-round outdoor relaxation and entertainment. Inside, symmetrical openings create strong sightlines throughout the home.

Rich textures in the flooring, cabinetry, and wall finishes give the spaces a warm, but crisp contemporary sense of refinement.

This sentiment is also well-represented in the exterior materials and detailing. The lightly tumbled white brick façade is coupled with a smooth cast stone base. Window surrounds and bands of the same cast stone, along with iron railings and subtle flairs to the roof slopes, add an ornate quality the home’s elevation. The primarily monochromatic face of the home is complimented by deciduous landscaping that will evolve between seasons. These plantings are employed as focal elements along the meandering front drive and tall retaining walls at the rear terrace, softening the expanse and scale of both.

PROCESS IMAGERY

Conceptual First Floor Plan
Preliminary Elevation Sketch
Exterior Perspective Rendering

Brownstones at National Harbor Quote

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Potomac Shores Quote

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The Crossing Quote

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feet up. shoulders down. sipping on sweet tea. Front porches call you home… like every day is vacation.

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Light and Shadow

Architecture is all about the interplay of light and shadow; texture and temperature; more about the way a space makes you feel than a collection of its parts. It’s experienced not just in 3 dimensions but as a function of time. As your senses collect the information around you, time passes, and new experiences are formed. Take for example the way the sun fills a space…how the light transforms its surfaces…then watch, as the earth rotates and the sun’s angle changes; the light now reinventing the space. You see…life and time unfold in a space. Memories are formed, moments are framed…marked by the space they’re experienced in and etched in your mind for eternity.

This aspect of architecture enriches the human experience. Every new space you enter expands your perceptive qualities; cognitively and emotionally. It’s this richness, in each person as a child-like discoverer, that propels us to search for depth and richness in all we encounter.

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Discover

We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers.

Glenn Murcutt


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