Cleave House

The project, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, sits on a lot notable for its terraced gardens and stone walls. The project honors these existing site features and engages them in the experience of the house — a central stair, aligning with an existing stone path and stairs, forms the heart of the house; a green roof is designed as an extension of a garden terrace; and new spaces take advantage of existing terraces.

The 4,000 SF house is broken into two volumes, public (living, dining, etc.) and private (bedrooms), to create a scale consistent with that found in the neighborhood. Parking and a 1,000 SF apartment occupy the lower level. The project will be completed in 2010.