Photographer: James Hill / Andrew Montgomery
Peter Culley - Design Partner
Andrew Montgomery - Design Associate and Project Manager
James Hill - architect and technical design
Stacey Farinholt - Landscape Lead
Status: Completed 2014
Honor Award for Excellence in Contextual Design recognized by Virginia Chapter AIA, 2014
‘This is a marvelous project!’ – Helene Combs Dreiling, National President AIA 2014.
A collection of new structures responds to existing markers and creates new ones in this building and landscape masterplan in Orange, Virginia. Exploring the systems of the English Picturesque applied to a cluster of vernacular-inspired barns (both traditional and current), the buildings and their setting are placed in a forced dialogue with dissecting view corridors and pathways. 3 pavilions - the kitchen, the living room and the dining room - each eroded by the views the others reach towards, form a central gathering point that looks beyond towards a jetty on the pond, a privy in the woods, a bee keeper’s dell and a log store. The mile long approach to the pond across the farm has been reconsidered to form a constructed arrival experience. The site has been investigated as a series of ecological conditions - wet and dry hedgerow, wild meadow and woodland - with new plant materials and ground treatments to create and accentuate. The setting of the barns is informed entirely by the existing prompts of topography, water and forest. The pavilions are imagined almost as a contrived memory of structures that could have been on the site in the past, which were later adjusted to make the visual and programmatic connections.