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  • 01:00 - 24 January, 2011
Hampden Lane House / Robert Gurney Architect
Hampden Lane House / Robert Gurney Architect, © Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
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From the architect. Located in the Edgemoore community of Bethesda, the client for this project was a young, forward thinking entrepreneur with no desire for a nostalgic or revivalist style house. Rather, the client desired a house that was efficient and with a minimal footprint, leaving the majority of the lot unoccupied by building and hardscape.

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After much deliberation, it was decided to remove an existing, inefficient structure and replace it with a new one. The new house occupies one third less area than the original structure and is sited to maximize green area on the property. Designed as a cube, the new house is approximately 2,200 square feet with no unused or underutilized spaces. The flat roof provides an additional 1,100 square feet of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Fenestration in the ground faced block walls, composed of varying sized rectangular and square openings, is arranged to optimize views to the green spaces while minimizing views of adjacent houses in close proximity. A series of landscape walls orchestrate the relationship between the street, required parking court and house. Interior spaces are open and light filled with crisp detailing. Walnut flooring provides a rich base for white walls and millwork, designed in juxtaposition to the charcoal gray exterior walls.

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© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

This house represents a deliberate departure in both the thought process and the realization of current building trends in the neighborhood. Instead of building a large house with pretentious ties to the rural past, this new house is smaller with a stronger relationship to the modern, urban area that Bethesda has become. The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces.

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Laszlo Kiss · April 12, 2011

Yes, why build the basement with a bedroom and then have the third floor (or what would be the third floor) unused, mystery space? What is with the thick roof?

orlando · April 12, 2011

maybe that thick roof could hide some mechanicals

anyway it is too interesting to have that kind of space articulation

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martin · January 26, 2011

great project..could be a villa from holl.

One of the best projects last week

Erez@Royal Suites · January 26, 2011

The entire look of the house is great. I was especially drawn to the sleek look of the bathroom light fixtures.

Elliot Brown · January 26, 2011

I enjoy the cubic, monolithic quality to the house. The roof, however, throws me off as well.

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design.language · January 25, 2011

A simple and modest home with big style. Looks like the ArchDaily logo.

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Yes, looks nice, but why is the roof so thick??

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alechs · January 25, 2011

What is with the thick roof?

username · August 11, 2012 04:30 AM

What is it with people on arch daily praising dumb boxes all the time?

username · August 11, 2012 04:29 AM

What is it with people on arch daily praising dumb boxes all the time

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