Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Architect Robert M.Gurney has designed the Brandywine House, a home for a young family in Washington, DC.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

The architect’s description

Located within close proximity to Rock Creek Park, and with easy access to the shops and restaurants on Connecticut Avenue, this large lot in Northwest Washington, DC presented a desirable opportunity for a young family to build a new house in this sought-after neighborhood.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Designed to respect both the scale of neighboring houses and the rhythm of the streetscape, the project aligns with adjacent houses while retaining the vast majority of mature trees and green space located between the street and the house.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Materials composing the exterior, which include stone, wood and stucco, evoke traditional materials found throughout the neighborhood. The house appears relatively solid when viewed from the street with strategically placed windows insuring privacy to the street-facing spaces.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

The “L” shaped house is organized around the outdoor living spaces and swimming pool, and is oriented towards the large, south facing rear yard. Floor to ceiling expanses of glass provide ample visual and physical connectivity to the terraces, the swimming pool and the wooded landscape beyond.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

A screened porch, covered deck, roof top deck and balconies continue this dialogue. A small bridge and a stone path engage the house and terraces with the wooded, less manicured landscape at the rear of the property.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

The interiors are warm, light filled and ordered with a clear spatial organization. Various wood species, including white oak, Santos mahogany, rosewood and various zebrawoods (all forest certified or reconstituted products) combine with limestone and various granites to provide a rich material palette. Generous use of skylights creates changing light conditions that activate the interior.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Despite the relatively large size of this house and the extensive use of glass, the house remains incredibly energy efficient. While the large amount of windows and skylights provide generous day-lighting, computer programmed shading devices modulate solar gain.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

A geothermal HVAC system, including hydronic heating, combines with solar hot water tubes and photovoltaic panels with the goal of providing a net zero energy house.

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Brandywine House By Robert M. Gurney

Architect: Robert M. Gurney
Photography: Anice Hoachlander and Allen Russ