Five of the best houses in Virginia on Dezeen

Waterfront properties and woodland retreats in Virginia feature in the latest instalment of our series profiling enviable residences in each US state.

James River House by Architecturefirm

This modern vacation dwelling by US studio Architecturefirm consists of three rectilinear volumes arranged on a bluff “like a scattered group of stones around a campfire”.

Situated on a 44-acre (18-hectare) forested property overlooking a river, the retreat serves as “place for three young boys to grow and learn from their surroundings”.

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Deep Point Road by BDFO

New York firm Barker Freeman Design Office (BDFO) fully replaced an old house, tearing down all walls and leaving just the foundation, with a larger residence topped with a rooftop garden.

Originally a 1950s ranch house, the structure was redesigned to add more living space and make the most of the large 17-acre (seven-hectare) waterfront property.

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Buisson Residence by Robert Gurney

American architect Robert Gurney topped this house with a geometric roof, which folds over the building to protect it from harsh winds.

The large roof allows residents to preserve south and west-facing views of the lake, while shielding the home from the elements.

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Bridge House by Höweler + Yoon

The trio of stacked blocks that make up this residence by Höweler + Yoon Architecture are arranged in a bridge-like formation, providing three generations of a family with separate living spaces.

Two ground-level, aluminium-clad blocks act as podiums to support a horizontally lying third volume that forms the upper floor – nodding to the project’s name.

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Contemporary River House by 3north

Glass panels on the corner of this residence pivot aside, opening the double-height living room to its waterfront site.

Architects 3north covered the outdoor area with a broad roof that extends beyond the building’s external walls, creating a space for entertaining outdoors.

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