Modern House Design by Robert Gurney Architect in Virginia, USAOctober 26th, 2011 - Posted in Modern House
Buisson Residence is a modern simplicity architectural home design was completed by Robert M. Gurney Architect with elongated shape, white brick walls and with copper cladding cantilevered. Buisson Residence is located on a grassy knoll at the end of a winding road through a pine tree forest and overlooking Lake Anna in Central Virginia, United State. Two “L” shaped brick walls that connected by a glass enclosed bridge are primary organizational elements for this modern house design. Combination between mahogany clad walls with the smaller “L” intended to provide a service volume, whereas merger between the glass walls with the larger “L” is made to create the primary living spaces and to provide southern and western views toward the lake. The arrival experience and the wall are intertwined as the wall establishes a threshold between the pine forest and views toward the lake. The house entrance is through the wall and into a space that divides the program of the house into public and private realms.
Living room and bedrooms are arranged linearly to maximize lake views and to take advantage of the southern exposure. Large overhangs and sensored motorized shades combine to limit heat gain during the summer while allowing the sun to penetrate deep into the home interior during the winter. The sloping roof and canted front wall of Buisson Residence are designed to deflect fierce north winds and shed water from intense storms. The second floor roof and home exterior walls are wrapped in copper with fully glazed east and west walls inset from the ends of the copper volume. The glazed wall at the east end provides an abundant and high source of light into the double height entry hall while the glazing on the west end provides light to two bedrooms and views of the lake.
A single, large punctuation in the southern copper clad façade allows views from a second floor office. The geometric volumes are connected to the landscape both by the views from the house interior and accessibility to the home exterior. Throughout the project detailing is minimal and precise. The spaces are ordered and there is a juxtaposition of solidity and transparency. The rigor of the house design, the linear organization of spaces and the continuous presence of the wall provide a sharp and intended contrast to the irregular beauty of the landscape beyond. It is this contrast between an ordered human dimension and an unstructured natural condition that elevates our understanding and appreciation of both.