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  from Custom Home, September/October 2005
2005 Custom Home Design Awards
Merit Award 3,000-5,000 Square Feet

by Bruce D. Snider
Excerpt from article—

A river is less a place than it is a sequence of events. And this house, on the banks of the James, just west of downtown Richmond, Va., takes its cues from the river. Laid out in linear fashion paralleling the shore, it flows with the contours of its sloping site, combining masses in a way that seems both orderly and entirely natural. The spine of the building is a circulation corridor that begins at the entry hall and runs nearly the length of the building, narrowing as it moves from public to private areas. A row of glass display cases, punctuated by four mast-like fir columns, divides the corridor from the living room. Four risers below the entry elevation and topped with shallow-pitched open raters, the living room opens to the river view with a 14-fott-high window wall. Passing the kitchen and dining areas, the corridor narrows further to its terminus at the master suite, also four risers down, which can be closed off with a pocket door. An open-tread stair, internal to the master suite, leads to a private office loft and roof garden. Two guest rooms, with a shared bath, occupy the opposite end of the house.


Entrant/Architect: SMBW Architects, Richmond, Va.; Builder: McGuire, Hearn, Toms, Manakin-Sabot, Va.

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