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Brian Williams

Charlottesville, VA, US

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Morven Farm 'Vineyard House'

The "Vineyard House" at Morven Farm sits on the top of a hill as a singular, isolated object. The house and its parcel, bounded by a wooden fence, overlook the rich landscape of Central Virginia. 
Our design intention was to blend the built elements with the natural conditions of the site through a combination of landscape and architectural moves at varying scales.  As a methodology, we employed strategies of thickening, layering and extension.  The existing residence was thickened internally for  structural stability, the creation of a viable thermal envelope, and the establishment of much needed storage.  The 'front lawn' was transformed from a formal entry point into a kitchen garden able to feed the residents.  The southern facade is layered in order to become a thermally performative aspect of the building and not simply another 'dumb' wall.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Charlottesville, VA, US

 
subterranean passage connecting house to landscape
subterranean passage connecting house to landscape
vineyards on the eastern slope
vineyards on the eastern slope
bedroom overlooking the passage between residence and vineyard house
bedroom overlooking the passage between residence and vineyard house
the bedroom is suspended over the modest kitchen/living space
the bedroom is suspended over the modest kitchen/living space

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