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Tred Avon River House in Easton, Maryland by Robert M.Gurney Architect

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Article source: Robert M.Gurney Architect

Easton, Maryland, located in Talbot County on Maryland’s eastern shore, was established in 1710. Easton remains largely agrarian, with numerous farms interspersed among area’s many waterways.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
  • Project: Tred Avon River House
  • Location: Easton, Maryland
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
  • Contractor: Peterson & Collins
  • Interior Designer: (Therese Baron Gurney) Baron Gurney Interiors
  • Landscape Designer : (Lila Fendrick Landscape Architecture) and Garden Design
  • Engineer: (D. Anthony Beale LLC) 8634 Tuttle Road
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie
  • Completed: Fall 2012

Diverging from several acres of cornfields, a one-quarter mile road lined with pine trees terminates at a diamond-shaped tract of land with breathtaking views of the Tred Avon River. Arising from the gravel drive and hedge-lined parking court, this new house is unveiled as three solid volumes, linked together with glass bridges, suspended above the landscape. The central, 36-foot high volume is mostly devoid of fenestration, punctuated only by the recessed 10-foot high entry door and narrow sidelights. The contrasting 12-foot high western volume contains a garage and additional service space, while the eastern volume, floating above grade, contains the primary living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie 

After entering the house and passing through one of the glass bridges, the transformation begins. Initially presented as solid and austere, the house unfolds into a 124-foot long living volume, light-filled and wrapped in glass with panoramic views of the river. A grid of steel columns modulates the space. Covered terraces extend the interior spaces, providing an abundance of outdoor living space with varying exposures and views. A screened porch provides an additional forum to experience views of the river, overlooking a swimming pool, located on axis to the main seating group.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Along with a geothermal mechanical system, solar tubes, hydronic floor heating and a concrete floor slab to provide thermal mass, large overhangs above the terraces prevent heat gain and minimize dependence on fossil fuel. The entire house is elevated four feet above grade to protect against anticipated future flooding.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

The house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.

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Jill Bruno Orthodontics in Chevy Chase, Maryland by FORMA Design, Inc

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Article source: FORMA Design, Inc

Soft curves and rounded elements in the design of this 12th floor 1500sf dental office allude to the clouds outside, and evoke the touch of femininity the doctor desired. The majority of the space is a white shell, allowing light and shadow to emphasize the curves and to serve as a neutral backdrop to select areas of color that animate the space. The sense of openness and transparency is reinforced through the sharing of natural light from the exterior windows through the glass walls in the perimeter offices.

Image courtesy FORMA Design, Inc 

  • Architects: FORMA Design, Inc
  • Project: Jill Bruno Orthodontics
  • Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA

Rollins Center on The Pike in Rockville, Maryland by Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Article source: Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc.

Phased demolition of an existing inactive Shell Service Station and associated site improvements in advance of new construction for the Rollins Center on the Pike, a 9,300 sf retail center

Rollins Center on The Pike

  • Architects: Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc.
  • Project: Rollins Center on The Pike
  • Location: Rockville, Maryland
  • Client: Draiman Properties
  • Construction Cost: $50,000
  • Completed: January 2011
  • Software used: Sketchup & AutoCAD

 

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Wissioming2 in Bethesda, Maryland by Robert M. Gurney Architect

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Article source: Robert M. Gurney Architect

Located in Glen Echo, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC this new house is sited on a sloping, wooded lot with distant views of the Potomac River.  The house is positioned to preserve a majority of mature trees and is oriented toward the river views and south facing slope. The house is organized into two volumes connected with glass bridges that span a reflecting pool which separates the volumes.  Secondary volumes intersect and overlap the two larger structures rendering the composition more dynamic.  Material changes in the various elements intensify the relationships.  Expanses of glass open to a terrace organized around a swimming pool with two “infinity” edges reinforcing the connectivity to the wooded landscape.

Image Courtesy Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
  • Project: Wissioming2
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Project  Architect: Brian Tuskey
  • Owner: withheld
  • Contractor: Bloom Builders
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural
  • Completed: November 2011

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NaCl House in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, NaCl House aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The resultant massing reveals an imperfect, rough-hewn form recalling the natural isometric formation of mineral rock salt.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Paul Warchol Photography)

  • Architect: David Jameson Architect
  • Name of Project: NaCl House
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Completed: November, 2011
  • Interior Area: 4860 ft2
  • Site Acreage: 0.52 acres
  • Project architect: Ron Southwick
  • Photographer: Paul Warchol Photography
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Record House Revisited in Owings Mill, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Four decades after their project was featured in the 1969 Record Houses issue of Architectural Record, the owners sold the house to a young couple. A condition of the sale was that the new owners would respect the character of the project, yet be able to revisit and alter the contained quality of the interior rooms to create a continuous living space visually connected to the woodland site.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Paul Warchol)

 

  • Architect: David Jameson Architect
  • Name of Project: Record House Revisited
  • Location: Owings Mill, Maryland
  • General Contractor: The Ley Group
  • Photo Credit: © Paul Warchol

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House on Hoopers Island in Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Article source: David Jameson 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. 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.

Night View

  • Architect: David Jameson Architect
  • Name of Project: House on Hoopers Island
  • Location: Chesapeake Bay barrier island, Maryland

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Black White Residence in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Inhabiting the masonry shell of an existing house, this project engages the phenomenon of ruins and explores the idea of aperture. The design program called for renovating the main level and adding a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.

Black White Residence

 

  • Architects: David Jameson Architect
  • Project: Black White Residence
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center in Baltimore, Maryland by GWWO Architects designed using SketchUp and AutoCAD

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Article source: GWWO Architects

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is the birthplace of America’s national anthem and one of the nation’s most significant historic landmarks. The Fort, the National Anthem and the flag, together and individually, help us to understand how the United States was created, defended, and preserved. It was with this context and these rich national symbols in mind that the design team, led by GWWO Architects, conceived the expression for the new visitor center.

Image Courtesy GWWO Architects

  • Architects: GWWO Architects
  • Project: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2009 for the Construction Documents and Google SketchUp for conceptual modeling

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Crab Creek House in Annapolis, Maryland by Robert Gurney Architect designed using AutoCAD

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Article source: Robert Gurney

This house, located in Annapolis, Maryland is built on the foundation of a 1960s post and beam modern house. The foundation was kept in an effort to retain it’s proximity to Crab Creek, an estuary that feeds the Chesapeake Bay.  Strict environmental regulations prohibited enlarging the pre-existing footprint or adding significant square footage to the house.  The house is organized around a linear bar, clad in white stucco.

Crab Creek House (Image Courtesy Anice Hoachlander)

  • Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
  • Project: Crab Creek House
  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey, Associate AIA
  • Contractor: Owner
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Anice Hoachlander
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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