2012 AIA Virginia Awards of Excellence - Residential Winners

Architecture Category – Award of Honor Wissioming Residence, Glen Echo, Md. Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect with Brian Tuskey; Builder: Bloom Builders

Jury comments: It is an elegant modern home that creates a place in the woods. It is comfortable with its skin with and elegant in its proportions and composition. Light and space flows through the plan. The relationship between the inside and outside of the wooded site is explored to great advantage.

Great material palette for its setting, numerous energy savings and constructing efficiency initiatives are combined with admirable design clarity and distinctiveness.

The entry court is well-considered outdoor room which provides a nice a sense of arrival to the compound.

Residential Design Category - Award of Honor Restoration/Renovation of an Addition to a 1930s Residence, Washington, D.C. Architect: Muse Architects; Builder: Horizon Builders Jury comments: Often a historic restoration is just that--a restoration of what was there before. This addition and restoration actually enhances the original by being respectful, but also modern. And an important part of being modern is implementing substantial energy efficiency and sustainable design measures. The submission provided a good road map for what the client wanted to achieve and how the design responded to it.

This is a beautifully conceived and crafted addition and renovation which brought new life into an aging house. In some ways, such care and attention is the cornerstone of sustainability: well-loved buildings will have long, adaptable lives.

The difficulty of operating within the constraints of a very strong design framework was overcome with the creation of an interior courtyard, glass wall, and garden terrace that echoed period design without being overly heavy-handed.

Residential Design Category - Award of Honor Dogtrot at Stony Point, Charlottesville, Va. Architect: Hays Ewing Design Studio; Builder: Peter Johnson Builders

This home was most successful in creating a sense of connectivity to nature with use of the battered wood wall that opens into usable outdoor space, very livable. This is a project that will take on a different character in different seasons, and I think will only get even better with age.

Residential Design Category - Award of Honor Janelia Farm Apartments, Ashburn, Va. WDG Architecture

Jury comments: The mix of materials worked to create a sense of modernity as well as connection to the environment, with the stone wall and textured metal walls recalling the farmhouse/wood barn structures which historically inhabited that area.

This design very nicely humanizes the scale of a very large project, both in plan with the use of the smaller pods with individual entrances and community rooms, and in elevation through the articulation of windows and balconies. These moves provoke a more personal connection with the building and encourage community building, which may in turn foster a more socially sustainable place.

The use of materials is especially effective throughout this project, both on the exterior and the interior, in public spaces as well as individual units. What could have been a very institutional building that interrupts the landscape, instead feels like a hub of activity that complements it surroundings.

Jury Comments: The restoration and addition were true to [the building’s] original character. Restoration was consistent with Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Restoration. The addition was respectful yet distinctive of the original. Good cultural reuse of a vacant building.

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