This gorgeous glass-wrapped home is Robert M Gurney Architect's latest masterpiece on Maryland's eastern shore. Easton is an agrarian region surrounded by a lot of water (including the adjacent Tred Avon River for which the home is named). The site is subject to flooding, which led Gurney to lift the triple-volume home four feet off the ground, making it appear to float above the landscape. Built to maximize its connection to the surrounding nature, the home also boasts a series of subtle interventions that soften its environmental footprint.
Comprised of three volumes, the Tred River residence has a 36 foot central volume, a 10 foot entry door and side lights, and a contrasting 12 foot volume that plays host to the garage and other service functions. Despite being entirely wrapped in glass, the home stays relatively cool during the humid summer months thanks to deep overhangs that mitigate solar gain.
In winter, the home is kept warm with solar tubes and in-floor radiant heating, and a geothermal mechanical system helps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Located on “diamond point,” this gorgeous home lies at the end of a pine-lined gravel driveway, and getting there is like arriving in paradise.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Maxwell MacKenzie