The Bridge House by Höweler + Yoon Architecture was completed in 2014 for a three-generation household. The three generations of grandparents, their children and their children’s children account for the three distinct volumes that make up the home’s design. The clients/the grandparents envisioned a multi-generational home where both private and shared spaces were available. The first-generation Korean-American family immigrated to the United States and built roots in McLean, Virginia.
The smaller ground level volume features the master suite for the grandparents; the main/larger volume situated on the ground level features all common areas including the kitchen, family room, dining area and the garage. The bridging volume features the remaining dwelling space where the second and third generations live. The daughter, son, and daughter-in-law reside in the volume’s bookend master suites while the grandchildren share a Jack and Jill style suite.
The home is situated on a unique property within both a suburban development and a protected forested area. In an article on Home Adore, Matt Watts describes, “The void created under the bridge-like volume feels like an extension of the outdoors and allows the landscape to move through the house, blurring outside and inside space.”
The house design provides a variety of shared and private access points to the outdoors. For instance, the patio at the entrance of the home extends through the interior to provide shared space as a back terrace. One of the more intimate spaces was created for the couple’s son and daughter-in-law whose master suite has a private roof balcony.
The home’s exterior is particularly interesting as it mimics cues of the vertical “tongue-and-groove” panels seen in the surrounding neighborhood, but adds modernity with customized anodized aluminum panels. Equally impressive is the juxtaposition of the horizontal shingles in an anodized bronze aluminum finish seen in various places throughout the exterior as well.
With such modern design the architects took advantage of solar gain with triple-glazed windows, as Watts further describes, “…the volumes utilize the beveled detail of their tubular geometry to create an overhang, which minimizes solar gain in the summer and maximize solar gain in the winter.”
Information courtesy of Home Adore, Matt Watts
Photography courtesy of © Höweler + Yoon Architecture
DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.