Architects Challenge: Green Hills Residence
By Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows
September 30, 2015
New construction is often associated with contemporary design. After all, if you want to build new, you want the newest in design, right? Not so fast! New construction is a great way to have the exact design you want–including traditional architecture. A new, older-looking home has the best of both worlds: design that fits well into established neighborhoods and modern energy efficiency and interior layouts for the way we live today.
The Green Hills Residence in Nashville is a great example of this phenomenon. A winner of the 2015 Marvin Architects Challenge in the Traditional New Construction category, this beautiful home was designed by Michael Ward and Tyler LeMarinel of Allard Ward Archtitects. The Architects Challenge judges were especially impressed by the “Interesting contemporary take on English Arts & Craft. The white brick, simple massing, and the minimalist rake details give it a fresh feel. The interior photos suggest beautiful, classically proportioned rooms with restrained but confident detail.”
As a modern interpretation of an English country house, the design strived to create a home with a sense of transparency, offering great views and ample natural light. On the exterior, simple rooflines, masonry details, and fenestrations make for a contemporary nod to an English county house and to the revival architecture of the early 20th century. Inside, the open floor plan and Marvin Ultimate Casement windows pull natural light all the way to the center, creating bright and elegantly livable spaces.