Rincon | Bates House / Studio 27 Architecture

© Anice Hoachlander / Allan Russ

Architects: Studio 27 Architecture – John K. Burke
Location: 1600 K Street NW, Washington, DC,
Design Team: Chris DeHenzel, Hans Kuhn
Contractor: Stalheber Construction Inc.
Age of Structure: 1906
Square footage of job: 1,550 sf
Completion Date: January 2010
Photographer: Anice Hoachlander / Allan Russ

The R|B House is a re-conceptualization of an end row house unit in Capitol Hill, . The project furthers a continuing exploration in sustainable urban residential design. The existing two-story structure was originally built in 1906 and represents the archetype of single family dwelling units in the city. The house had been renovated in the early 1970’s, but the interior space remained a series of compartmentalized programmed rooms reminiscent of more traditional lifestyles.

© Anice Hoachlander / Allan Russ

The owners approached Studio 27 with an open ended request, the only stipulations being a re-configuration of the existing circulation pattern and thoughtful consideration for the ecological impact of the project. The scope of work evolved through an investigation of sectional manipulations focusing on apertures, daylight and natural ventilation.

The Architects strategy displaced the dark, musty interior with a sense of openness, both in plan and section, to create a more implicit series of relationships between traditionally separated hierarchical programs. Studio 27 removed a section of the second level floor joists to carve a void through the middle of the house over the dining room, enabling shared light between all spaces, and introduced operable skylights to create a per formative stack effect to control ventilation.

© Anice Hoachlander / Allan Russ

The second floor is divided into two bedroom suites, connected by a tubular steel and glass bridge that further contrasts with the heaviness of the existing masonry. Energy and water consumption are additionally minimized through the use of tank less gas-powered water heaters, new low E glass windows and doors, bio-based insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush wall hung toilets, and all interior finishes are domestically resourced recycled and formaldehyde-free to improve indoor air quality. As a result, the ’Open’ House represents the non-traditional urban sustainable lifestyle.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Kohler, Toto

  • Bathroom plumbing fixtures by Kohler
  • Bathroom plumbing fittings by Kohler
  • Bathroom plumbing fixtures by Toto
  • Bathroom plumbing fittings by Toto

Floor: Plyboo, Iris

  • Flooring: Bamboo by Plyboo
  • Flooring: Ceramic Tiles by Iris

Joinery: Velux

  • Skylights/roof windows by Velux

Kitchen Equipment: Kitchenaid , Hansgrohe , Electrolux

  • Oven by Kitchenaid
  • Kitchen plumbing fittings by Hansgrohe
  • Refrigerator by Electrolux

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Belfer, Lightolier, Alkco, Vibia

  • Lighting fixtures by Belfer
  • Lighting fixtures by Lightolier
  • Lighting fixtures by Alkco
  • Lighting fixtures by Vibia

Walls: Sherwin Williams

  • Paints/Stains by Sherwin Williams
Cite: "Rincon | Bates House / Studio 27 Architecture" 14 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=64165>