Modern Mill

This new modern home began with the owner, who was drawn to a site along a Potomac tributary reminiscent as a setting for cherished childhood memories along the river. He also had a particular appreciation for the history of American manufacturing, investing in an aluminum factory in the Rust Belt. With mutual interest between him and Donald Lococo Architects, the new home design of this modern custom home references waterway and industrial architectural vocabulary quintessential to America’s riverways. The home is designed as a collection of separate buildings, with each being interrelated by elevated walkways extending from the outdoors into the interior space.

The new modern house plans incorporate vehicle-scaled platforms and staging areas that are reinterpreted from industrial references and used instead for residential mainstays such as the main motor court, pool terraces, and bar area. A monitor roof adds light to interiors of the low-slung horizontal building forms, similar to the form’s implementations in plant and mill architecture. Moving through the structure, sectional complexities add to the spatial experiences inside and outside the house. The sunken courtyard, formed by a sharp cut in the earth, connects the ground floor to the transparent living room by an upward-sloping grass ramp. This ramp becomes the roof of the buried sections, with skylights cutting through the grass to provide natural light for spaces below.

Distinct from other modern house plans, the main space begins as an open plan with overhead wood beams and windows bookended by second story enclosures. Connecting them is a steel and glass walkway that overlooks the open floorplan below. Memories of floating past stone abutments and looking up from the water at tiber-trussed bridges informed the interior. The new modern home design features durable materials such as blackened steel, walnut, and brushed leather reference a modern aesthetic and the legacy of riverway industry. The sharp yet warm elements of the property make for a striking modern custom home design.

Architecture/Interior Architecture: Donald Lococo Architects
Interior Designer: Ella Scott Design
Landscape Architect: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Linton Engineering
Contractor: Block Builders Group
Photographers: Maxwell Mackenzie, Anice Hoachlander

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