Understated Innovative Architecture


While there is no denying that an amazing site can elevate any building, I still believe an essential key to successful residential architecture is to keep the form simple. the materials natural and the design humble…and by this I mean creating a structure that doesn’t scream “Look at Me!”.

This 2400 square foot three bedroom house in Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, has the courtyard design I’ve always loved. In fact, some years ago I had an outdoor courtyard wrapped in Italian mahogany sliding doors and stucco with stone floors running inside and out. I loved watching the snow drift down in the centre of my space through winter, and how I could stroll outdoors through the middle of my home the other three seasons. This included dancing in the rain during humid steamy summer thunderstorms! Here’s a photo:



In today’s admired property I adore the juxtaposition of the concrete block as they relate to the blocky structure of the connected buildings. And I love the monochromatic colour scheme which elevates the landscape, the connection between indoor and out, and the privacy created by the smart space plan.

Here’s the entry from ArchDaily.com and the details:

Architect: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Ocean View, Delaware, USA
Project Architect: Claire Andreas
Contractor: Gude and Conard Inc.
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Interior Designer: Baron Gurney Interiors
Landscape Designer: JB Landscaping
Project Year: 2009
Chesapeake Photographs: Anice Hoachlander/HD Photo

~ Steven


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