Frederick Residence, Arlington, Virginia

New, approximately 2,500 square-foot residence set on a very steep, densely wooded site. This is a “daddy long-legs” house as it steps up an almost 45-degree slope. This allowed us to preserve a number of mature oak trees and build within them. A six-story stair tower connects five different levels of the house. The stair is designed to accept a future lift, if required. The front door is at the second level and the major living/sleeping areas are on the third and fourth levels. The trellising around the building provides a relief in massing as well as a staging area during construction. The structure is concrete, steel beams and cables, plywood diaphragms and wood. The exterior finish materials are stucco, metal and asphalt shingles.