NaCl House, designed by David Jameson Architect.

NaCl House, designed by David Jameson Architect.

Credit: Paul Warchol


David Jameson Architects 

With its series of projecting and receding volumes, the 4,860-square-foot NaCl house in Bethesda, Md., looks either completely monolithic or structurally chaotic depending on your angle of approach. Seemingly rendered in modernist 8-bit, the design, by Washington, D.C.–based David Jameson Architect, was inspired by a much more natural source: a chunk of mineral rock salt. The white stucco volumes—which juror Gregory Hoss described as “masterfully configured”—are interrupted by large panels of glazing (detailed flush against the exterior walls to minimize shadows cast on the surface). Inside, the seeming chaos gives way to an airy and fluid interior, centered around a double-height living area that anchors the space. Glass balustrades, white walls, and light ash floors reflect the maximum daylight through the rooms, and create a minimal aesthetic. “I think it’s so refreshing in terms of vocabulary that it just stands out as something completely outside of what other people are doing,” juror Joel Sanders said. 

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Exterior.

Exterior.

Credit: Paul Warchol


Entry pathways.

Entry pathways.

Credit: Paul Warchol


Living and dining areas.

Living and dining areas.

Credit: Paul Warchol


Central living area, seen from staircase landing.

Central living area, seen from staircase landing.

Credit: Paul Warchol


Living area.

Living area.

Credit: Paul Warchol


Drawings

First-Floor Plan.

First-Floor Plan.

Credit: Courtesy David Jameson Architect


Second-Floor Plan.

Second-Floor Plan.

Credit: Courtesy David Jameson Architect



Project Credits

Project  NaCl, Bethesda, Md.
Architect  David Jameson Architect, Washington, D.C.—David Jameson, FAIA
General Contractor  Freedom First Homes—John Thompson
Photography  Paul Warchol
Project Size  4,860 square feet
Construction Cost  Withheld

Materials and Sources

Bathroom Cabinets  Custom
Bathroom Fittings  Hansgrohe kohler.com
Bathroom Fixtures  Corian dupont.com
Cooktop  Wolf subzero-wolf.com
Countertops  Dente Trading Co . dentetrading.com
Dishwasher  Bosch bosch-home.com
Exterior Siding  Stucco
Flooring  Stone Source stonesource.com
Garage Doors  Overhead Door Corp. overheaddoor.com
Garbage Disposal  InSinkErator insinkerator.com
Hardware  Omnia omniaindustries.com
HVAC  Carrier carrier.com
Insulation  Icynene icynene.com
KitchenCabinets  Custom
Kitchen Fittings  KWC dornbracht.com
Kitchen Fixtures  Blanco blancoamerica.com
Lighting Fixtures  Cooper Lighting, Halo cooperlighting.com
Oven  Wolf subzero-wolf.com
Paints and Finishes  Benjamin Moore & Co. benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator  Sub-Zero subzero-wolf.com
Roofing  Firestone firestonebpco.com
Windows  Kawneer kawneer.com