James River House is a riverside retreat in the rural town of Scottsville, Virginia, USA. Designed by ARCHITECTUREFIRM in 2013, the black country home consists of three distinct volumes and measures 2,750ft² (255m²).
The James River House was designed as a place for three young boys. It is a place where they can grow and learn from their surroundings – experience mud, moths, flowing water, and the changing light of the seasons; a place that would allow for many gatherings of all the people who love them. Three volumes hover above a bluff alongside a bend in the James River in Scottsville, Virginia, arranged loosely and lightly on the land like a scattered group of stones around a campfire. As a visitor slips between the volumes, the house opens up to light and river views and the fully enveloping woods.
Photographs by James Ewing
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