Alexandria
House

Location
Alexandria, VA, USA
General Square
5 000 sq. ft.
Category
Housing
Design Team
Gail Lanson,
Sam Wilson
Years
2011 (Competition) –
2015 (Completion)
Awards
Open competition 1st prize
Architect in Charge
Kate Hudson
Client
TrustIndastr Inc.
Project Architect
Jan Anderson

The Alexandria House project is based on the winning entry for an open competition organized by the condominium cooperative, asking to design a building intended to serve as an identifiable landmark for the sprawling suburb of Alexandria. The proposal transforms the existing community centre into a cloister-like structure clad entirely in deep, rich copper, which over time will turn a vivid shade of green.

Externally the building stands out in its compact mass. The interior space with its white, bright surfaces, wooden ceilings and movable panels stands in stark contrast to the almost monolithic appearance of the exterior. Strip-like windows cut into the concrete structure of the walls and of the roof, generously letting natural light into the space and creating a visual connection with the surrounding landscape.

The building serves multiple functions. In addition to the church nave, there is a columbarium, a day care centre, a youth centre and a meeting place for the scouts, office spaces and rooms for priests and social workers to meet with members of the community.

The brick facades of the existing building are plastered in an intense red color that stands in contrast to the dark reddish and greenish patina of the copper of the church facades.

2 Comments

Sarah Williams15 hours ago

Is it those building that Francis Corra discuss during WWAC?

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Set RogersSarah Williams15 hours ago

You are right.

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