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Modern Prairie

Project Details

Location: McLean, Virginia

Date: Fall 2015

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

Credits: Hoachlander Davis Photography

In response to the largely homogenous collection of new homes in the DC Metro area, this design takes a divergent stance while respecting the context. The graceful balance of Prairie Style and Contemporary elements allow it to delicately stand out among the surrounding Craftsman and Colonial homes without imposing on the neighborhood. This home’s palette of soft hues, grainy stucco, rich cedar accents, and monolithic stone base all juxtapose its minimalist form and make it fit in appropriately with the wooded site. Large, undivided apertures fill the interior with natural light and curate views out into the encompassing trees.

These openings are articulated on the exterior with soffit down-lighting and dark mullions. Inside, vignettes are framed by distinctive thresholds between rooms. This creates a fluid, but separate series of spaces between the Family Room, Kitchen, and Dining Room, which are carefully scaled in relation to each other. A first floor Guest Suite and second floor Loft offer flexible options for families of differing (or growing) sizes. The 3-Car Garage is a rare feature for the tight lot and contributes to its asymmetrical massing. Lush marble finishes and ceiling accent lighting emphasize the contemporary aesthetic of the home, which is softened by the French oak floors.

PROJECT MILESTONES

Conceptual elevation drawing
Conceptual first floor plan
Conceptual second floor plan
Building massing model
Front perspective view of porch
Building massing model
Front perspective view of entry from driveway

Brownstones at National Harbor Quote

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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.

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