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Hoopers Island Residence / David Jameson Architect

  • 01:00 - 7 January, 2011
Hoopers Island Residence / David Jameson Architect
Hoopers Island Residence / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

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  • Architects

    David Jameson Architect, Inc.
  • Location

    Church Creek, Maryland, United States
  • Principal

    David Jameson
  • Project Architect

    Ron Southwick
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. This 2,200 square-foot residence is located on a Chesapeake Bay barrier island near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, an estuarine marshland ecosystem, and an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway.   David Jameson Architect designed three structures to accomodate the clients needs of a guest cabin, master cabin, and lodge, utilizing materials and cabin placement to provide cohesion.  The Hoopers Island Residence has received numerous design awards including a 2009 AIA National Housing Award.  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of this vernacular inspired vacation home.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The project conceptually fuses architectonic form with the natural elements of the site. Positioned between a salt meadow marsh, a pine forest, and the bay, the architecture is conceived to be at one with the water, the horizon, and the sky. The idea of an elemental architecture is explored in the relationship between the simple form of the building and the agrarian structures that dot the surrounding area.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

Hooper’s Island occupies a land mass less than 1 meter above sea level. In 2003 a storm surge from Hurricane Isabel destroyed many of the houses on the island. As a result of the destruction, FEMA and the Dorchester County Zoning department established an ordinance requiring that all new residences be built three feet above the base flood elevation.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The local vernacular of the barns and fishing shacks which had survived the hurricane, provided inspiration for the new house which was elevated to the required height using plinths made of black ground face concrete masonry. The plinth foundations are tectonic constructs that result in an opportunity to create above-ground structures: the outdoor shower, the swimming pool and the fire pit.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The house is used with various degrees of frequency and intensity depending on the weather and the number of guests. For this reason, the house is composed of several separate cabins that can be locked down or conditioned and inhabited as needed. Although the cabins are individual buildings, they are linked visually by the exterior metal cladding and coplanar sloped roofs.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The three main structures that comprise the house are the master cabin, the guest cabin and the lodge. The master cabin and lodge are articulated as metal and wood tubes that cantilever off the plinths, minimizing the incision in the earth required for their footprints. Each building is oriented to take advantage of specific views across and down the Honga River. The guest cabin is located between the lodge and master cabin and has a roof that protrudes above the main roof to act as an abstracted light fixture, greeting visitors as they approach.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

A screened porch is literally and figuratively a bridge that links the three volumes, while providing a breezy place to relax. A wood sun deck connects the pool plinth to the lodge. A fourth structure is an art studio.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Hoopers Island Residence / David Jameson Architect" 07 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/101947/hoopers-island-residence-david-jameson-architect/>
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