Launch Slideshow

Robert M. Gurney Retrospective

Robert M. Gurney Retrospective

  • The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

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    The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
     
    The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.
  • An open kitchen and dining area preserve views to the backyard.

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    An open kitchen and dining area preserve views to the backyard.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • Mahogany and concrete block landscape walls complement the cube and orchestrate the relationship between the street, a required parking court, and the house.

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    Mahogany and concrete block landscape walls complement the cube and orchestrate the relationship between the street, a required parking court, and the house.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

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    Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • Bright white interiors are juxtaposed with a charcoal-gray exterior.

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    Bright white interiors are juxtaposed with a charcoal-gray exterior.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • Crisp detailing complements the white-on-white master bath.

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    Crisp detailing complements the white-on-white master bath.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

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    A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • A full-height door opens to the master bedroom and adjoining bath.

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    A full-height door opens to the master bedroom and adjoining bath.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    hampden lane house, bethesda, md.
    custom / 3,000 square feet or less / merit
  • The living room is oriented toward views of the Potomac River and Key Bridge.

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    The living room is oriented toward views of the Potomac River and Key Bridge.

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    Paul Warchol

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • A V-shaped charcoal wall separates the kitchen/living area and the master bedroom behind it.

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    A V-shaped charcoal wall separates the kitchen/living area and the master bedroom behind it.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • A walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

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    A walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • An electrostatic glass ribbon in the V-shaped wall can go opaque or clear, giving a sense of the space beyond.

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    An electrostatic glass ribbon in the V-shaped wall can go opaque or clear, giving a sense of the space beyond.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Project plan before.

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    Project plan before.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Project plan after.

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    Project plan after.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Axonometric projection.

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    Axonometric projection.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • The wine room, in an alcove behind the kitchen, is fitted with a translucent panel lit from above and behind. The bottles rest on aluminum rods.

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    The wine room, in an alcove behind the kitchen, is fitted with a translucent panel lit from above and behind. The bottles rest on aluminum rods.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Bursts of color and floor-to-ceiling glass minimizes the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

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    Bursts of color and floor-to-ceiling glass minimizes the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • A built-in desk in the master suite makes the most of limited space.

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    A built-in desk in the master suite makes the most of limited space.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Throughout the apartment, clear and translucent glass unifies and defines the flowing floor plan.

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    Throughout the apartment, clear and translucent glass unifies and defines the flowing floor plan.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Planar walls bring formal clarity to the plan.

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    Planar walls bring formal clarity to the plan.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2011 rada
    watergate apartment, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • The house??s design achieves a balance between seclusion and embracing the Chesapeake Bay landscape.

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    The house??s design achieves a balance between seclusion and embracing the Chesapeake Bay landscape.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • A 20-foot-wide glass wall opens to the outdoors.

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    A 20-foot-wide glass wall opens to the outdoors.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  •  A glass entry corridor links the two courtyard-enclosing volumes.

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    A glass entry corridor links the two courtyard-enclosing volumes.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • The eastern volume, with 16-foot-high ceilings, contains the public spaces.

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    The eastern volume, with 16-foot-high ceilings, contains the public spaces.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • Continuous clerestory windows provide abundant natural light.

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    Continuous clerestory windows provide abundant natural light.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • The one-story glass link overlooks the central garden.

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    The one-story glass link overlooks the central garden.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • Next to the master bedroom, a sitting room with a view.

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    Next to the master bedroom, a sitting room with a view.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • Axonometric view.

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    Axonometric view.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • First-floor plan.

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    First-floor plan.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • Second-floor plan.

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    Second-floor plan.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

    2011 CHDA
    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.
    Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
  • The home's stately, Second-Empire-style street elevation is barely changed.

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    The home's stately, Second-Empire-style street elevation is barely changed.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Gurney enlarged the 1876 home's rooms to better suit them to the client's modern art collection. He kept the original woodwork profiles within the existing footprint.

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    Gurney enlarged the 1876 home's rooms to better suit them to the client's modern art collection. He kept the original woodwork profiles within the existing footprint.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • A new kitchen added onto the back of the house received modern detailing, distinguishing it from the older portions of the building.

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    A new kitchen added onto the back of the house received modern detailing, distinguishing it from the older portions of the building.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • The sleek addition vastly improves the project's connection with its rear yard.

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    The sleek addition vastly improves the project's connection with its rear yard.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • The architects saved a couple of the original fireplaces and had them faithfully restored.

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    The architects saved a couple of the original fireplaces and had them faithfully restored.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • A modern, marble-and-steel master bath.

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    A modern, marble-and-steel master bath.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • White walls and dark floors work with the specially designed lighting to show off the art to its best advantage.

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    White walls and dark floors work with the specially designed lighting to show off the art to its best advantage.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Floor plans of the house before renovation.

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    Floor plans of the house before renovation.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
  • Floor plans of the house after renovation.

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    Floor plans of the house after renovation.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    2010 rada
    residence e2, washington, d.c.
    renovation / merit
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    Paul Warchol

    2009 CHDA
    Town House, Washington, D.C.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Paul Warchol

    2009 CHDA
    Town House, Washington, D.C.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Paul Warchol

    2009 CHDA
    Town House, Washington, D.C.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Suite 4511, Washington, D.C.
    Grand Award: Custom Bath
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Suite 4511, Washington, D.C.
    Grand Award: Custom Bath
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    Anice Hoachlander

    2009 CHDA
    Harkavy Residence, Potomac, Md.
    Merit Award: Custom Detail
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.
    Grand Award: Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.
    Grand Award: Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.
    Grand Award: Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.
    Grand Award: Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Peterson Residence, Chevy Chase, Md.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Peterson Residence, Chevy Chase, Md.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2009 CHDA
    Peterson Residence, Chevy Chase, Md.
    Grand Award: Renovation
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    2007 rada
    ontario 301, washington, d.c.
    architectural interiors / grand
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    Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography

    k + b studio / kitchen
    urbane infill

    Three skylights guide the sun's rays into the apartment. Gurney says the shapes and sizes of the mahogany-clad lightboxes were well planned. "Two were set," he says, "and the form I felt worked best to balance them out was a pure square."
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    Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography

    An unusually thick 2-inch slab of Burlington stone was speced for the countertops as a counterweight to the thin plane of aluminum perched above it (top).

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    Anice Hoachlander/HD Photo

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    Anice Hoachlander/HD Photo

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    Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, and Hito Martinez

    Making the most of a little square footage, Gurney laid out the long, narrow kitchen at the end of the open space, leaving plenty of room for mingling between the island and living room furniture.

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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year

    Using stone obtained from the site, Bob Gurney created a simple, formal entry path linking the addition with the driveway.
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Robert M. Gurney

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Robert M. Gurney

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Robert M. Gurney

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Robert M. Gurney

    2003 rada
    blue ridge farmhouse addition, washington, va.
    project of the year
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    Hoachlander Davis Photography

    2001 rada
    windyridge, keyser, w.va.
    renovation / merit
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    Hoachlander Davis Photography

    2001 rada
    windyridge, keyser, w.va.
    renovation / merit
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    Paul Warchol Photography

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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2001 rada
    fitch o'rourke residence, washington, d.c.
    renovation / grand
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    Paul Warchol Photography

    2001 rada
    fitch o'rourke residence, washington, d.c.
    renovation / grand

Launch Slideshow

Recent and On the Boards Projects

Recent and On the Boards Projects

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Existing 200-year-old house in downtown Lewes, Del.
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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Axonometric of restoration and additions to existing house.
  • Elmn-presAXON AXON (2) (1)

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Axonometric of restoration and additions to existing house from opposite angle.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Elevation and section drawings.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Elevation and section drawings.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Elevation and section drawings.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    First floor before and after floor plans.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Second floor before and after floor plans.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Third floor before and after floor plans.
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    Site Plan
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    Construction detail showing how the house was raised up on stilts so the basement could be renovated.
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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney / Maxwell MacKenzie

    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    Completed renovation showing the restored existing house from the street view.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    The additions fan out around the pool in a series of pavilions linked by glass bridges.
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    Lewes, Del. Historic House

    The pavilions mask the size of the additions and present contextual elevations to the historic neighbors.
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    Key West Project Rendering
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    McLean, Va., Residence

    3D Rendering from street view.
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    McLean, Va., Residence

    3D Rendering from side view.
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    A Second Home in Easton, Md.

    This recently completed second home for clients living in Pittsburgh, allowed Gurney to design his version of the glass house. The 22-acre site juts out into the Chesapeake Bay offering water views on three sides.
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    A Second Home in Easton, Md.

    The long, linear translucent living volumes are juxtaposed by a private, nearly solid tower that houses services areas and bedrooms.
 

Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, has six employees in his Washington, D.C.-based office, many of whom have been with the firm for years. That says a lot about Gurney as an employer and an architect. Designing primarily high-end, single-family houses with a modern aesthetic, Gurney could have grown his business significantly during the boom times. Instead, he turned away projects because he didn’t want to manage a lot of people. He adds that he also “wanted to stay closely involved with all of our projects.”

The decision to remain hands-on with his team and his clients has helped him enjoy a robust roster of projects with a variety of interesting programs, even during the recession. “Being in D.C. has helped a lot,” Gurney admits, “but I consciously and deliberately decided I liked the size of my firm, so we had plenty of work to keep us going through the worst of it.” Gurney did take on different types of commissions during the downturn, but with his usual optimism he says the variety kept him and his staff energized. “We did several smaller projects like apartment renovations,” he explains, “but I like the amount of detailing you can put into small projects.” In addition, Gurney accepted his first historic restoration in downtown Lewes, Del., his farthest flung house in Key West, Fla., and his largest project with a 20,000-square-foot home in McLean, Va.

The McLean project came in just before the downturn and was one of two large-scale commissions that kept everyone at the firm busy. A steep site and an existing 1960s house with low-pitched massing added to the challenge of the huge square footage. Gurney kept the entire original roof and added a three-story glass volume behind it that descends down the hillside lot. “The trick was that the rooflines were so distinctive and the gable was on a diagonal, so it was a hard house to double the size while maintaining the strong ’60s geometry.” Landscape elements such as a parking court, disappearing edge swimming pool, and terraces were a crucial part of the solution, according to Gurney. “This is the most integration of architecture and landscape of any project I’ve done.”

Occasional trips to Key West to design additions and changes to a house in the strictly protected historic district haven’t exactly been a hardship for Gurney, but facing the tough review committee there might have been. They’re notoriously stringent about any alterations and everything about the original structure has to remain intact, yet Gurney flew through the approval process after only two meetings—despite his contemporary tendencies. “They liked my approach of picking up the language of previous additions,” he modestly explains.

It seems the architect learned a lot from his first historic restoration and addition project just completed in Lewes, Del. Gurney and his staff researched the 200-year-old house and the entire block before designing the additions, which nearly doubled its size. The lot is only about 40 feet wide and 150 feet deep, and the owner wanted an extensive program including a pool. Although the Lewes review board wasn’t nearly as restrictive as in Key West, Gurney opted to meticulously restore the original house and let it shine by tucking all of the new sections behind it. He used the pool as the pivot point for five pavilions linked by floating glass bridges.  “Lewes is happy because we restored this old house,” Gurney says, “and at the same time we doubled the size of the house.”