Palladian Villa in Virginia’s Albemarle County by Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects
Virginia, United States
Constructed using materials and methods to last for three hundred years, this imposing Palladian villa sits on a vast country property in Virginia’s Albemarle county. It was designed by Virginia-based architectural firm Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects for a couple who wanted to celebrate Virginia’s architectural past. An article in the January/February 2017 edition of Home & Design revealed that the villa’s exterior is finished in Virginia slate and Indiana limestone, while bronze window and door frames by Brombal USA were imported from Italy. The magazine also noted that the large, flat-faced stoned that form the front entry wall were salvaged from a pre-Civil War barn in West Virginia. Step inside and marvel at the attention to detail around every corner. From beamed ceilings and rock fireplaces to classical mouldings and a two-storey living room taking in views of the seemingly endless landscape. One of the villa’s most awe-inspiring spaces has to be the two-storey cylindrical library which doubles as a fabulous formal dining room. The space was specifically designed to house the owner’s some 3,000 volume architectural collection. All wood elements were crafted by Gaston & Wyatt using the finest quality cypress. Here’s what Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects had to say about the project: “V House is the fulfillment of the owner’s lifelong dream of building a Palladian villa. The residence comprises three buildings joined by curved colonnades, a classical design that brings human scale to a large home and connects the buildings to the landscape. The five-part composition allows abundant daylight in every room and capitalizes on magnificent views to the south, west and north. Landscaping ties the house to the setting and provides a multi-level progression from the entry courtyard to the west lawn that features stone walls, terraced gardens, fountain, pool, and sculpture.” Photography by Gordon Beall Photo.