Welcome to our gallery focusing on the gorgeous, contemporary Orchard Way project, a home designed by Mcleod Bovell.
This 7,300 square foot, single-family home was built from architectural concrete, limestone, Afrormosia hardwood, and composite panel construction. A slotted vertical stair core is the primary figure in the project, cutting North and South through the house.
The stair develops key landscape connections at each level while linking the primary family spaces together as tightly as possible.
Immediacy of connection and provision of amenity for college-aged children were the primary concerns for a close-knit family family living in such a large house. From the stair core, concrete structural walls extend outward to become landscape walls. These walls cut through the slope and modify the topography of the site.
At the front of the house an entry bridge marks the transition from driveway to a sloping landscape that dips to reveal the interior stair, unveiling the house at its middle and lower floors. At the rear, landscape walls create a lounge terrace linking upper levels with the swimming pool and family recreation spaces at the lowest floor.
The dark gray volume is carved away on its South and West sides as the house rises from the ground to the upper level. The carved out portions of the house are rendered in glass, limestone, and Afrormosia hardwood.
These materials are reflected in the millwork, flooring, and wall treatments on the interior of the house.
On the water facing side of the home, full height glazing all round opens the interior to the environment and offers expansive views all around. The Afrormosia hardwood complements the angular glass structure with a natural warmth.
The front entry bridge seamlessly flows into the home via glass door, connecting with the interior hardwood flooring.
The central open-plan space in the home is comprised of a kitchen, living, and dining area. Retractible glass panels allow this space to be completely blended with the patio, bringing in fresh air and blurring the line between indoors and out.
Across the divided dining table, we see the kitchen, highlighted by a large island in sleek brushed metal. A cloud of glass pendant lights hangs in the foreground, reflected in the glossy backsplash.
With a wide view, we see the expansive open plan interior, with rich wood, white walls, large format tile flooring, and contemporary grey sectional sharing space.
The living room centers on this unique gas fireplace, framed in glass, with contemporary furniture including an all glass coffee table. Full height glazing allows for breathtaking views.
The master bedroom, standing over a spread of rich hardwood flooring, enjoys the same spectacular views through full height wraparound glass. Subtle shades are drown for privacy and shade.
Bathroom features sleek tiling floor to ceiling, surrounding a large white pedestal tub with free standing faucet.
Looking down toward the patio, we see rich wood panels bisecting the concrete expanse. A unique outdoor gas fireplace strip stands across form the pool, at left.
With the interior lit up at night, light spills out over the patio. We see the master bedroom on this lower floor, while the expansive open-plan living spaces upstairs loom overhead.
Approached from the street, the home is private and snug, wrapped tight with a minimum of openings.
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