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Talahi Road Craftsman

Project Details

Location: Vienna, VA

Date: Winter 2016

Services: Architectural Design
  Construction Documents
  Construction Administration

Credits: Hoachlander Davis Photography

Located on a compact lot within an existing community, this design was meticulously crafted within a set of very restrictive site-driven parameters. The lot coverage and setback requirements, as well as an unusual easement imposed by the local jurisdiction yielded a building footprint that is smaller than its adjacent properties. To maintain desirability in the competitive market, this necessitated a highly efficient design that utilizes the full capability of the footprint. The floor plan radiates around a central staircase, which limits the space needed for circulation. The typically relinquished space below the garage has been excavated and reclaimed as a bedroom and media room by utilizing a sophisticated concrete slab and metal decking assembly. Additionally, the central void within the roof framing has been carved out for a bonus loft space ideal for a family member or guest yearning for extra privacy.

The home’s unique massing and side-loaded entry door are attributable to the covered porch allotted within the main footprint. To preserve a balanced composition, the owners’ suite above the garage is separated from the floor below with its own independent hip roof, reducing the scale of the secondary mass. The scale and location of each window opening in the home carefully considers the adjacent neighbors and solar orientation, maximizing both light and views without compromising privacy. Set against a contrasting, verdant green backdrop of old-growth trees and dense site plantings, the rich red cedar and bold grey siding of the exterior give the home a distinct presence within the neighborhood.

PROJECT MILESTONES

Preliminary elevation sketch
Conceptual first floor plan & lot siting
Conceptual second floor plan
Exterior finish material study

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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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