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Ridge House

McInturff Architects


  • General Contractor: Opitz Construction Consulting Inc.



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Project Description


This project occupies an extraordinary location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  The immediate site forms a kind of saddle, on the ­­intersection of a ridge on the East-West axis and a valley running North to South.    The house runs along the ridge and bridges the valley, opening its long sides to the long North-South views. The pieces of the program — a two-bedroom house, screened porch, pool terrace, entry court and garage — are articulated and aligned along the ridge axis.  A continuous roof spans the entire collection, transforming the modest scale of the individual pieces into a unified composition over 200 feet long, carrying a single line across the entire facade.  Only one space rises above the continuous roof, elevating a special room for taking­ in distant views.  Like a bridge, the structural system is continuous and insistent.  Steel frames at 16 feet on center march the length of the building, expressed inside and out.  All exterior surfaces — windows, walls and ceilings — are arranged in modular subdivisions of this structural bay.  Low-maintenance metal and fiber cement panels clad the exterior walls. Inside, white wall planes will form a backdrop for nature outside, and the owners’ art collection within.

Jury quote: "The simplicity of the plan and structure creates a memorable image on the landscape.  The richness of the various forms and materiality enhance the experience of this unique home." 

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