Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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too. The sleight of hand starts at the street, where three steeply pitched roofs acknowledge the community's older houses. The ridgelines extend like the prow of a boat, reaching out to shield the south-facing glass gables from the summer sun. "One of the pressures of the project was that it's one lot in from a busy street," David says, and the house responds to that pressure both physically and figuratively. The folded roof planes are visible from the street, but there are no views into the house. The entry path parallels the offset angle of the busy road, and visitors enter through the 7-foot-thick, stone-clad volume. Moving inside, the rooflines change shape. "The second you get past the first apex point of each roof, they start to splay in different directions, so that by the time you get into the house, the roofs are different than what you'd expect from the front," David says. "Everything except the core structures is an undu- lating open space that shapes above you in different ways." Indeed, the interior spaces seem to ebb and flow. The roof folds down to its lowest point at the dining table to make the space feel intimate. Along the east side of the house it ex- tends down to shield the kitchen from the neighbor's house, then folds to become a wall along the garage. Another low point is over the bath bar that defines the edge of the bed- rooms, and from there the roof explodes upward in different directions. It's at its 22-foot apex over the living area and fireplace, a minimalist steel column separating the dining and living zones. "The tallest point is also the place where the back wall of the house fractures to create a serrated rear exposure, so the space pressures out, while the dining room is pressured in as the ceil- ing comes down," David says. "This creates completely different experiences even though you're beneath one gestural roof." Team Effort Architects working in urban historic districts have to jump through hoops to get their plans approved, and this house was no exception. To meet the requirement for a gabled roof, the firm had to survey the low and high roof point of houses with- in 300 feet and design within those averages. Hence the house presents as three simple gables no higher or lower at any point than the neighboring roofs. "If you're just driving by, you don't see immediately that the ridge line doesn't go straight back and disappear, but turns and connects to something else," David says. "We used time-honored materials found in Alexandria, such as stone for the walls and copper for the roofs. When you drive up and down the street, it's a different expression but the same voice as houses from 150 years ago." Right, opposite page: Starting on the left side of the stone bar at the front and moving around the house, the walls are all glass to the point where the copper roof drops down on the right side of the house to designate a privacy zone between the kitchen and the neighbor's house. The copper roof becomes the garage face, and then the wall returns to glass between the garage and stone wall. 42 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 CASE STUDY

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