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  4. United States
  5. David Jameson Architect
  6. 2007
  7. Matryoshka House / David Jameson Architect

Matryoshka House / David Jameson Architect

  • 00:00 - 26 December, 2010
Matryoshka House / David Jameson Architect
Matryoshka House / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

© Paul Warchol Photography © Paul Warchol Photography © Paul Warchol Photography © Paul Warchol Photography + 21

  • Architects

    David Jameson Architect, Inc.
  • Location

    Bethesda, United States
  • Principal

    David Jameson, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Matthew Jarvis
  • Contractor

    Added Dimensions, Inc.
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Bethesda, Maryland this small house is organized as a series of volumes nested one inside another.  At the core of the volumes is a suspended meditation chamber.  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of Matryoshka House by David Jameson Architect.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The suspended box acts as the physical and spiritual center of the project.  The internal energy of the meditation chamber is encapsulated within an open glowing frame. An alternating tread stair engages the participant to deliberately ascend the threshold to the meditation chamber.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The meditation chamber is surrounded by a wooden container which encases the living areas of the house. This shell is in turn cradled by stucco walls serving as a protective layer and grounding the house to the earth. The in-between spaces of the nested volumes are strategically sliced to allow the sun to project lines of light within. By separating the three shells, the interstitial spaces allow light to become an architectural material that activates the interior.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

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Cite: "Matryoshka House / David Jameson Architect" 26 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/99023/matryoshka-house-david-jameson-architect/> ISSN 0719-8884
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