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Translucent panels in the bedroom emit light while maintaining privacy on the busy site.

An exterior of cementitious stucco, wood and brick reflects the fabric of nearby homes.

Curb Appeal

Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect embraces a suburban site in a dynamic, modern dwelling
Merit Award Contemporary Architecture
Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect

Challenged to design a modern home in a busy Arlington locale, Robert Gurney envisioned a residence that would embrace—rather than shy away from—its surroundings. “We designed the house in a horizontal language to respect the scale of neighboring houses,” notes the architect. The compact, three-bedroom abode boasts open, light-filled spaces where large walls of glass provide plenty of daylight and views; motorized screens control solar gain and privacy. Conceived to tread lightly on its footprint, the home employs efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems along with durable, low-maintenance building elements. Says Gurney, “Material transparency paired with a low garden brings a connection to suburban street life that other houses on the street
do not achieve.”

The architect borrowed from the modernism of the 1920s—the same era as many of its neighbors.”
— Simon Jacobsen, jurist

Architecture: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA; Matt Stephens, project architect, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect. Interior Design: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID, Baron Gurney Interiors. Builder: Washington Landmark Construction. Landscape Architecture: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects.

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