In the rolling Piedmont landscape of rural Goochland County, Virginia will sit a new house, positioned to take advantage of a wide pond view with a U-Shaped plan defining an outdoor rear terrace. The design concept is inspired by the notion of an early American ruin that has been re-inhabited. On axis through a path in the woods, the house appears as a series of low horizontal walls. On the opposite side facing the pond and meadow, the house opens up vertically through tall windows and extends to an exterior terrace. The exterior walls are comprised of two discrete systems: One of load bearing solid masonry cavity walls with dark gray manganese ironspot brick and smooth alabaster concrete block on the inside, and the other of wood framed walls clad in Corten steel panels. Inspired by the visual power and monumentality of ruins, the two L-Shaped masonry walls are conceived as delineating fragments in the landscape which bookend the wood framed walls. As two materials come together, glass is used as a hyphen to highlight contrast of color, texture, and material. Site work began in October 2013.