Firm Site Visit: Runyon House

This week, the firm had the rare opportunity to see a private residence designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects over 10 years ago.

The Runyon-Atkinson house was built in 1992 in the Belle Meade area of Nashville, and was home to the former head of Nissan North America and TVA and his wife. An unpublished design, the house bridges the preferences of the two owners in the perfect marriage of modernism and rustic construction. It is situated on a heavily wooded lot and is perched on the side of a hill, secluded from the city but with distant views of the Nashville skyline. Its narrow floor plan is sited perpendicular to the natural contours of the steep hillside. Boulders gathered from the site and nearby riverbeds anchor the foundation and form steps that lead into the home’s main entrance. A cantilevered triangular deck projects out into the canopies of the trees, offering a treehouse-like experience in the wooded landscape. Angled details repeat throughout the house in the stair rail design, custom lighting, and door hardware.

The firm was lucky to get the chance to see this private residence–which will be on the market soon!