Black White Residence / David Jameson Architect

© Paul Warchol Photography

The Black White Residence inhabits the masonry shell of an existing house.  Focusing the design concept around ruins and exploring the idea of aperture, the glass temples, black frames, and white stucco provide a stark contrast to the natural surroundings, all the while offering views to the landscape beyond.  The design program called for renovations on the first floor level and the addition of a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.  More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: David Jameson Architect
Location: Bethesda, ,
Principal: David Jameson
Project Architect: Christopher Cabacar
Contractor: MT Puskar Construction
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

© Paul Warchol Photography

Alluding to the Acropolis, four modern glass temples emerge from a white stucco plinth as volumes of light, and define space between each other. These volumes of light are stitched together by a circulation core sheathed in black that extends to cradle each space. The volumes are instruments of light, gathering natural light to the interior during the day and glowing in the landscape at night.

first floor plan

The glass volumes of the upper level and windows incised into the main level stucco plinth are thought of as lenses to the landscape. Facing the street side of the site, long thin ‘census’ windows give focus to the measured cadence of tree trunks while editing views to passing vehicles. Above, the glass volumes provide panoramic views to the tree canopy and sky above. To the rear yard, one glass volume slices through the plinth to frame unencumbered two story views.

© Paul Warchol Photography
Cite: "Black White Residence / David Jameson Architect" 04 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • martin

    That’s what i call architecture.. beautiful spatial qualities all around. A pitty that not all the rooms are pictured here, only several pics of the main ones.

  • Holcim Awards US

    Great simple concept expertly manifested. I love the connection between interior and exterior. The materials are also complimentary. A really wonderful project.

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  • Leon

    Wow.. wonderful excercise of classic modernity. Only the name lacks attention. Make up a suitable name! This is like naming your dog ‘spottie’ or blackie. But as for the architecture: only silence suits this architecture.

  • fred

    Plans are a bit clogged, but–

    Lovely concept

    House as city
    Simple and elegant expression
    Great presence indoors and out

    The architect should be very proud to have done this.

  • agha shahini

    hi very very beautiful.gheshang bechehay goragan

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