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Modern Richmond Week // 09.22.18 // Angus Residence

  • Angus Residence 15411 Genito Road Midlothian, VA, 23112 United States (map)
Photo Credit: Mick Anders

Photo Credit: Mick Anders

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Angus Residence

12:00-2:00 pm


  • Cheryl and Frank Angus
  • Walter Parks, President, Walter Parks Architects PLLC
  • Chris Snowden, Christian Snowden Design

Cheryl and Frank Angus have long been interested in modern design. Cheryl was lucky enough to have grown up in a house designed by noted local midcentury architect Bud Hyland. Hyland utilized large glass windows, brick and exposed structural elements in most of his residential projects. The nostalgia of Hyland’s design coupled with Cheryl and Frank’s love of California modern, set the architectural style, material palette and landscaping of the project. The result is is a modern sculpture set in nature.

Completed in 2017, the 2,500 square foot Angus Residence is located on 4.1 acres of land overlooking Swift Creek Reservoir. The single story residence is situated parallel to the waters edge and its footprint fits within a small buildable area of just over 100’ wide. The residence is designed as a series of contiguous spaces with the main living areas flanked on either end by a single private bedroom and accompanying bathroom. Three floating roof planes separated by lower roofs create a simple massing for the residence. These elevated roof lines define the primary interior spaces, marked by full height ceilings. The lower roof lines offer a break with more intimate ceiling heights for the dining room, office and hallways. Located to the north of the guest wing, the attached two car garage is the fourth elevated roof plane; rotated and slightly lowered.

The connection with nature and natural light are the most important design features of the residence. The entire south elevation facing the reservoir is comprised of large, floor to ceiling windows that allow for unobstructed views of the water and the field of multicolored wildflowers leading to the shoreline. The floor to ceiling windows placed in key points along the north elevation frame specific views away from the water. These large windows alone, double the size of the residence. Entertaining is a core principle of the design, and the ability to have multiple spaces, both inside and out, makes the house versatile. The covered veranda leads to the terrace and salt water pool that run parallel to the residence. Key landscaping features help to maintain privacy of the two bedrooms and their private terraces. 

The linear design allows for uninterrupted sight lines through the entire length of the house. Cheryl and Frank are avid art collectors and although a majority of the walls are glass, the remaining walls display different mediums of art and are strategically placed as visual destinations. Sculptures owned by Cheryl’s parents are displayed in small alcoves set into richly grained walnut paneled walls at both the garage entry hallway and the home office. The office features five cantilevered shelves, of varying lengths, that display smaller art pieces.

Clerestory windows are utilized at the upper portion of every exterior wall on the north and south elevations. These clerestory windows are situated between the exposed 5 1/4” wide by 14” deep engineered wood beams that extend to the exterior to support the deep overhanging eaves. The underside of the flat eaves act as a visual extensions of the 12’-0” to 13’-6” tall ceiling surface. A structural grid of 46 exposed tube steel columns support these beams and are located on both the interior and exterior of the residence. A covered veranda, deep overhangs at the upper roof and in-slab heating and cooling provided by geothermal reduce the energy consumption.

Hors d'oeuvres provided by Maya

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