Tred Avon River House in Maryland

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Tred Avon River House

Residential Development in Maryland – design by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

28 Sep 2015

Tred Avon River House in Maryland

Design: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Location: Easton, Maryland, USA

Easton, Maryland is located in Talbot County on Maryland’s eastern shore, and was established in 1710. Easton remains largely agrarian, with numerous farms interspersed among the area’s many waterways.

Tred Avon River House

Diverging from several acres of cornfields, a quarter mile road, lined with pine trees, terminates at a diamond-shaped tract of land, with breathtaking views of the Tred Avon River. Arising from the gravel drive and hedge-lined parking court, this new house is unveiled as three solid volumes, linked together with glass bridges that are suspended above the landscape.

The central 36-foot high volume is mostly devoid of fenestration, punctuated only by the recessed 10-foot high entry door and narrow sidelights. The contrasting 12-foot high western volume contains a garage and additional service space, while the eastern volume, floating above grade, contains the primary living spaces.

After entering Tred Avon River House and passing through one of the glass bridges, the transformation begins. Initially presented as solid and austere, the house unfolds into a 124-foot long living volume, light-filled and wrapped in glass with panoramic views of the river. A grid of steel columns modulates the space. Covered terraces extend the interior spaces, providing an abundance of outdoor living space with varying exposures and views. A screened porch, located on axis to the main seating group, provides an additional forum to experience views of the river, as it overlooks a swimming pool.

As a geothermal mechanical system, solar tubes, hydronic floor heating and a concrete floor slab provide thermal mass, large overhangs above the terraces prevent heat gain and minimize dependence on fossil fuel. The entire house is elevated four feet above grade to protect against anticipated future flooding.

The house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.

Tred Avon River House – Building Information

Project: Tred Avon River House
Location: Easton, MD
Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: Ted Peterson, Peterson & Collins
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID, Baron Gurney Interiors
Landscape Designer: Lila Fendrick Landscape Architecture and Garden Design
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Photographer: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

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