Robert M. Gurney Retrospective

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

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

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

Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

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

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

A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

A modern, marble-and-steel master bath.

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

Floor plans of the house before renovation.

Floor plans of the house after renovation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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).

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Within the cluster of new buildings, architect Bob Gurney marked the existing one with red paint. The color is carried inside on the steel beam that replaced a wall of the house.

The elegant rear facade combines Kalwall and fixed glass, and steel windows and doors. Concrete and rustedsteel form the fireplace wall. A simple curve in the plan creates a light well in the narrow house.

Upstairs, steel panels with copper wire cloth slideon rolling library hardware.

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