Project DescriptionFROM AIA VIRGINIA:
Richmond’s storied Fan District, largely a product of turn-of-the-century prosperity, is renowned for its historic row homes and period architecture: Italianate, Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque. This project—six modern row homes in the middle of the Fan—challenged the design team to strike a balance between the fine architecture of the past and the present. The result, endorsed by the Fan District Association and aptly named “Citizen 6,” stewards the neighborhood’s history without replicating its roots.
The half-acre site on the 2600 Block of Floyd Avenue was originally home to a parking lot and a nondescript office building. As the design team began the urban infill project, they looked to the neighborhood for inspiration, paying careful attention to mass, scale, proportion, and materials. The palette—brick and wood siding—takes cues from surrounding homes, but with a modern twist: dark gray brick and clear-coated, tongue-and-groove cedar siding. These striking yet complementary references weave the contemporary project into the fabric of the historic neighborhood.
The design of the units is clean and thoughtful, with open floor plans that vary from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet. Without partitioned rooms, the living spaces flow freely, reflecting a modern way of life that is both flexible and functional.
The well-established site is located within walking distance of the Carytown shopping district, the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, and countless restaurants, shops, and green spaces, promoting a walkable, bikeable lifestyle.
Designed to make a meaningful contribution to the fabric of the neighborhood, Citizen 6 is a rare example of modern design that harmonizes with its more traditional neighbors while contributing another layer of complexity to the Fan’s rich architectural history.