Gallery HouseNorfolk, VA
Gallery House is a new construction project in Norfolk, VA. Located on a scenic waterfront property, the site design is very challenging from a Zoning perspective, since it is in a complicated flood zone and CBPA (Chesapeake Bay protection Area). GARC collaborated closely with our landscape architect, structural engineer, as well as general contractor in the design phase to come up with a solution taking advantage of the beautiful site while in compliance with all the zoning, floodplain, and environmental requirements from the City.
The main challenge of site design is to create a smooth transition from the high level of first floor to the ground level. Top tiers of terraces are created on both front and back side. On the front, it is descending from the main level down to the motor court, which will be used mainly by guests. A two-car garage is paced next to the secondary entry closer to the street side with a separate driveway from the street. On the back side, the upper terrace provide connects the art studio, main common area, and master suites. It descends to the lower terrace with a swimming pool through wide steps.
The floor plan of the building design allows all common spaces and bedrooms enjoy the beautiful water view. The 2-story main building accommodates a great room with living, dining, kitchen on the first floor, and bedrooms and an office suite on the 2nd floor. Large patio doors and covered porch on both floors blur the boundary of indoor and outdoor to allow our clients to enjoy the mild weather of Southern Virginia and the scenic view the lot offers.
On the right side of the main building, a one -story wing accommodates the master suite and a secondary entry with supporting spaces, such as mudroom, laundry, butler’s pantry, etc. The master suite has its own back deck with privacy. On the left side of the main building, connecting through a breezeway, a one-story building with high vaulted ceiling will be an Art Studio, where our client can create her artworks, as well as receiving clients. The whole house will be the gallery of our client. Artwork locations and lighting design are carefully studied.