The James River House was designed as a place for three young boys. It is a place where they can grow and learn from their surroundings - experience mud, moths, flowing water, and the changing light of the seasons; a place that would allow for many gatherings of all the people who love them. Three volumes hover above a bluff alongside a bend in the James River in Scottsville, Virginia, arranged loosely and lightly on the land like a scattered group of stones around a campfire. As a visitor slips between the volumes, the house opens up to light and river views and the fully enveloping woods.
Quirk Hotel is creating its first ground up hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia and this scheme takes its cues from the abstraction of traditional arched masonry architecture which is historically and materially rooted in the surrounding foothills of the Blue Ridge. This foundation allows for a balance of humanist scale with generous hospitality and the extension of gardens and mountain views into the public and private spaces of the hotel, creating a vital and essential hub for travelers and locals.
park avenue apartment
AIA Virginia 2016 Merit Award
New York, New York
Completed in 2013
with David Davis, AIA, IIDA
This project is a complete re-imagination of a cluttered and dark apartment that had not taken advantage of three exposures, multiple terraces, and expansive views from the 25th floor of this pre-war building in midtown Manhattan. The thrust of the project was the carving out of an open and generous living space within a modest footprint that could be flooded with natural light from all sides and that would make the exterior views an integral part of the experience. The palette of simple matte oak floors, white stone work surfaces, and soft white walls absorb and reflect the light of the city and create an aerie like atmosphere.
The Lake House is a house and retreat for a young family in the woods of Wilkes County, North Carolina. The property occupies a steep incline through a natural clearing and down to the shores of a small inlet on a lake. The house takes advantage of this clearing in the woods by placing itself directly in the middle of it and mid-slope, so the experience from within can vary from lofty canopy to woodland edge, from controlled landscape to natural forest density. The singular volume, clad in naturally weathering cypress, is then carved and formed to create multiple physical arrangements of people to place.
The West End House arises in an unexpected clearing in the woods in an old neighborhood in Richmond’s west end. The elements of the plan shift against each other to create privacy in the open plan and frame views to the clearing and the woods. The large expanses of glass to the south connect the ground floor with the landscape and are protected by large overhangs. An integrated screened room allows the interior to be opened up to the elements.
It is a special opportunity to build in an environment like Montauk where rocky beaches lead to lush green hills and summer surfers ebb to reveal a unique winter landscape. The almost panoramic vista that surrounds the point seems to extend down the beaches making even focused views to the water feel more expansive. It is the stitching of these moments, stone to green, summer to winter, garden to vista, new to old, that make this place hum with energy. Making the light manifest and the nature of place to be root and scaffold for the experience of the site is paramount.
This site is composed of three hilltops that sit above a small lake in beech and pine forest land in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This house for a family with horse barn and riding rink sits in a small clearing at the top of the central hill to take advantage of the view and shifting light and skies through the seasons. The house is comprised of a hovering roof plane with shifting volumes of enclosure situated underneath that create internal living spaces and protected outdoor spaces and focus views through the woods.
jackson hole house
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Expected Completion 2021
The peaks of the Grand Tetons and the attendant alpine woodlands serve as backdrop and inspiration for this house for a family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rugged and humble wood timber construction is refined and expanded to create generous family spaces and take advantage of broad vistas across the valley to Grand Teton, Sleeping Indian, and Jackson Peak.
This gut renovation project in the historic Richmond neighborhood of Church Hill fulfills the client’s desire to have fluid horizontal flow of air and light in the house, while preserving the vertical language characteristic of the neighborhood. The house is located on a hill, with rich access to sunlight and the new open plan of the ground floor, achieved by significantly widening the existing openings between programs, connects the living room and the dining room into a single space, and allows for the light to flood in from adjacent spaces to brighten and rejuvenate the previously narrow, dark hallways.