The River House is a weekend retreat located on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. Sited on a pre-engineered and cleared site, the 3500- square-foot house marks the intersection of three landscapes: natural forest, wetlands, and a mile-wide river.

The long and slender house is comprised of nine-and-one-half 12’ x 22’ structural steel bays (8 bays of interior space and 1.5 bays of screened porch) sitting on poured concrete foundation walls which were left partially exposed due to the steeply sloping site. By divorcing the primary skin of the house from the steel structure, large sliding glass doors could be used as the only barrier between interior and exterior. As a result, all interior spaces offer uninterrupted views out to the river.
The house is divided into three components: the main house, the guest quarters, and a multi-purpose level. To maximize interior space and privacy of the main house, the entry porch acts as circulation to the guest rooms. Translucent panels allow daylight into the stair to the lower level.

The owners appreciate the natural beauty found in raw construction materials and challenged Ziger/Snead to compose their home with simple building materials. The palette consists of poured concrete, ground face concrete block, galvanized and stainless steel, clear anodized aluminum, and cast metal industrial light fixtures.
River House Living Room
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“Vista continúa, salón barra y cocina!” — eivicuines
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“open” — friedacarstens
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“Cliff view windows” — Jasmine Smith
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“River house” — zoalu
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“long house” — friedacarstens
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“love windows” — 1godlovesme
River House - Kitchen
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“open kitchen” — friedacarstens
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“Long sight lines.” — tui1
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“long” — friedacarstens
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“furniture for beach room” — jeaniefitzgerald
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“all walls are glass sliding doors” — friedacarstens
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“Long, narrow homes can leverage their flanks to act as efficient collectors of solar energy. The loc” — ggsandiego
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“open” — friedacarstens
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“walls sliding glass doors” — friedacarstens
River House - Bath
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“open” — friedacarstens
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“muurtje voor het bad” — boogert
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“glass outside walls” — friedacarstens
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“I-House” — lstallingsk
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“Entrance” — friedacarstens
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“big open sliding screen doors/windows” — awillny
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“windows upstairs” — glennhandley
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“house on platform” — friedacarstens
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“many sliding doors” — friedacarstens
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“Glass walls, walk-out under” — June Kerby
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“Exactly what I don't want!” — Rochelle Young
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“House by sea ideas” — lisapatroni
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“glass all around” — friedacarstens
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“glass walls” — friedacarstens
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“long house” — friedacarstens
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“open” — friedacarstens
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