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Robert M. Gurney Modernizes a Private Residence in Virginia

Architect Robert M. Gurney has remodeled a Lyon Park House in Arlington’s “urban village” neighborhood, Virginia, US. Since most houses in the area were constructed in 20’s and 30’s, the architect had his work cut out for him. Originally a colonial building, Lyon Park House looks like a completely new contemporary adobe.

To create a cozy yet open space, Gurney had the original second floor exterior walls and roof removed and rebuilt. Lots of glass inclusions and functional windows satisfy the requirement for the home to feel open.

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Private Residence remodel by Robert M. Gurney
Lyon Park House Robert M. Gurney Modernizes a Private Residence in Virginia
Lyon Park House

As with most contemporary modern designs, Lyon Park House comes with black steel frame peeping out from under generous wooden siding. Glass decorates transitional spaces as well as the dining area and kitchen. Huge floor to ceiling windows surround the open layout living area, flooding the room with daylight.

Charcoal fiber cement panels and gray stucco complete the exterior, while on the inside there is plenty of light wood making up flooring and furnishings.

Since the structure is sectioned, it looks different from each side. A more prominent façade shows more wooden siding, while the back employs more glass to open up to the natural green landscape.

Colonial Private Residence Turns Modernist

Boxy structure is positively modernist
Boxy structure is positively modernist
Wooden siding interchanges with lots of big windows
Wooden siding interchanges with lots of big windows
Boxy structure is positively modernist
Boxy structure is positively modernist
Glass inclusions really make the house look modern
Glass inclusions really make the house look modern
At night the windows light up with a gentle sunny glow
At night the windows light up with a gentle sunny glow
The dining area benefits from glazed walls
The dining area benefits from glazed walls
Bright living room is bathing in natural light
Bright living room is bathing in natural light
Both kitchen and living room are very storage-friendly
Both kitchen and living room are very storage-friendly
Interior also has lots of wooden elements
Interior also has lots of wooden elements
Plenty of light comes from floor to ceiling windows
Plenty of light comes from floor to ceiling windows
Kitchen with a huge island
Kitchen with a huge island
Plenty of light comes from floor to ceiling windows
Plenty of light comes from floor to ceiling windows
Wooden staircase is airy and open
Wooden staircase is airy and open

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