Sited on a two acre wooded lot in Bethesda, Md, this project, the home of a young couple and their six children, combines a main house, small guest house and a pool & pergola. From initial discussions and earliest sketches our design focused on the dual intentions of integrating building & landscape and developing an architecture that melds a tactile legibility with the abstractions of element and mass, core ideas of modernism.
Facing a large stand of old growth hardwoods, the ground floor is predominately floor to ceiling glass. The upper floors, sitting a structure of fir posts and beams, are simple masses clearly expressing the construction and composition of the design. Massive stone chimneys anchor the assembly to the site.
The less expected programmatic components are: a dining room that will seat 36, an in-house squash/basketball court, and, perched on the third floor high among the branches, with spectacular views of the site, a home office.
Awards & Publications
2014 Maryland AIA Chapter: Design Award
Architect Magazine, September 2014, "AIA Maryland Announces 2014 Design Award Finalists" by Chelsea Blahut