Modern Order: Houses by Robert Gurney by Carolyn Horwitz

By Carolyn Horwitz

Washington, D.C.-area architect Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, designs ecologically conscious sleek houses utilizing usual fabrics and sundry development equipment. sleek Order: homes via Robert Gurney gains images and drawings of nineteen of Gurney’s houses, with an essay through structure writer/editor Vernon Mays.

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The lum inous glass al lows a subtle awareness of space while creating a sense of mystery. These elements soften the intensity of the natural light, resulting in a serene atmosphere. Furnish ings, wh ich reinforce the horizontal planar elements, are integral to the overal l composition. With its turn-of-the-century construction methods and outdated floor plans, the Ontario clearly lends itself to conversion. Th is project demonstrates how landmark bu ilding s continue to be a viable option for modern urban housing in Washington, DC Wi 55 i0 min 9 Re 5 ide nce Glen Echo, Maryland 16,480 sq ft house + 740 sq ft garage 12007 Thi s house is on a heavily wooded lot overlooking the Potomac River in a suburb of Washington, DC In order to minimally disturb the site and preserve the mature hardwoods, the project was designed to occupy the footprint of a pre-existing house.

Ontario Apartment Washington,DCI1,800sqIt12006 Thi s third-floor corner un it of the Ontario-an eight-story, Beaux Arts- inspired 1906 apart- ment bu ilding, with elaborate fa<;ades, entry halls, and stairways-had been rendered dim and disorienting by its compartmental ized spaces, dark moldings, and varying wal l coverings. The client wished for a renovation that would produce a spare, contemplative urban sanctuary. The interior was stripped to its essentia l structure and infrastru cture, including existing perimeter wa ll s, column grid, plumbing stacks, and chases.

Dark stained oak floors throughout the house provide a consistent, unifying element. ,. = L. first floor plan after second floor plan after third floor plan after L first floor plan before second floor plan before fourth floor plan after l third floor plan before fourth floor plan before I • I ,.. Ontario Apartment Washington,DCI1,800sqIt12006 Thi s third-floor corner un it of the Ontario-an eight-story, Beaux Arts- inspired 1906 apart- ment bu ilding, with elaborate fa<;ades, entry halls, and stairways-had been rendered dim and disorienting by its compartmental ized spaces, dark moldings, and varying wal l coverings.

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