Although the back half of this double house dates back to the 19th century, a fire destroyed the front half of this 2nd Street building half a century ago. Because the front facade was destroyed, the building is considered non-contributing to the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Richmond. In the renovation and addition of the building, we used this project as an opportunity to explore how an addition to a historic building could be both contextual and of its time – unencumbered by historical review committee mandates.
The first floor is home to Architecture AF. In designing our own office, we wanted to build an architectural laboratory, showcasing ideas that are important to us. For example, we used programmable dynamic lighting from a tech start-up for our lighting: during ordinary business hours we usually set the lights to automatically track the wavelength of the sun, assisting our natural circadian rythm; drive by at night and you may see us having a little fun.