A Dark Exterior Helps To Hide This Modern Home In The Forest

ADC on August 16, 2023
A modern home with an abundance of windows, is also surrounded by forest.

Robert Young Architects has shared photos of a modern home they designed in Virginia, that’s surrounded by a forest and features a dark exterior.

A modern home with an abundance of windows, is also surrounded by forest.

The multi-storey home was designed from the inside out, with the architects allowing the function of the house to determine its form.

A modern home with an abundance of windows, is also surrounded by forest.

To capitalize on its wooded context, the architects perched most rooms above the forest floor, creating sightlines through the tree canopy.

A modern home with a dark wood exterior.

The home has solid walls that obscure neighbors while windows create different vantage points of the forest.

A modern home with a dark wood exterior.

A covered entryway welcomes visitors to the home.

A modern home with a covered walkway to the front door.

Inside the home, the living connects with an outdoor space furnished with a couch, expanding the entertaining areas.

Inside this modern home, the living connects with an outdoor space furnished with a couch, expanding the entertaining areas.
A contemporary covered outdoor space furnished with a couch.

In the kitchen, the cabinets have been designed in such a way as to allow the tree views to be enjoyed.

In this modern kitchen, the cabinets have been designed in such a way as to allow the tree views to be enjoyed.

Wood and steel stairs with glass railings connect the various floors of the home.

Wood and steel stairs with glass railings connect the various floors of this modern home.

In one of the bedrooms, there’s floor to ceiling windows that provide an abundance of natural light.

In this modern bedroom, floor to ceiling windows that provide an abundance of natural light and frame the tree views.

Views of the trees can also be seen from within the bathrooms, where the windows frame the forest as natural artwork.

A modern bathroom with a window that frames the forest view.
A modern bathroom with a window in the shower that frames the forest view.
Photography by Frank Oudemann | Design: Robert Young Architects | Principal-In-Charge: Robert Young, AIA | Project Architect: Ben Sandell | Project Team: Lucille Gairin, Coralie Gruit, Kenza Elhaimer, Paul Schwitter, Trey Hoffman | Interior Design: Patera Home | Structural Engineer: 1200 Architectural Engineers | Civil Engineer: Urban LTD | Energy Consultant: ZeroEnergy Designs | Geotechnical Engineer: Pons & Associates LLC | Lighting Consultant: Tillotson Design Associates | General Contractor: Added Dimensions Construction Inc. | Landscape Architect: Oat-Judge Landscape Architects

Source: Contemporist