A visiting instructor at Pratt Institute, John Gendall contributes to Wallpaper*, Artforum, and the New York Times. For this issue, he reported on a Richmond, Virginia, family’s second home next to the James River. “I grew up along the North Saskatchewan, in Canada, and now I live by the Hudson,” he says, “so the way the architects understood the relationship between their primary residence and their weekend getaway through the river appealed to me.”
How would you describe your ideal backyard?
“A small swimming pool, a garden (I could spend an entire weekend pruning), a few fruit trees, a couple of reading chairs, and a clearing for lawn games.”