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The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

Hampden Lane House, Bethesda, MD.

Hampden Lane House, Bethesda, MD.

  • The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

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    The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

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    The owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

  • An open kitchen and dining area preserve views to the backyard.

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    An open kitchen and dining area preserve views to the backyard.

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    An open kitchen and dining area preserve views to the backyard.

  • Mahogany and concrete block landscape walls complement the cube and orchestrate the relationship between the street, a required parking court, and the house.

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    Mahogany and concrete block landscape walls complement the cube and orchestrate the relationship between the street, a required parking court, and the house.

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    Mahogany and concrete block landscape walls complement the cube and orchestrate the relationship between the street, a required parking court, and the house.

  • Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

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    Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

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    Walnut flooring anchors the white walls and millwork.

  • Bright white interiors are juxtaposed with a charcoal-gray exterior.

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    Bright white interiors are juxtaposed with a charcoal-gray exterior.

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    Bright white interiors are juxtaposed with a charcoal-gray exterior.

  • Crisp detailing complements the white-on-white master bath.

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    Crisp detailing complements the white-on-white master bath.

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    Crisp detailing complements the white-on-white master bath.

  • A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

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    A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

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    A large window in the master bedroom frames leafy views.

  • A full-height door opens to the master bedroom and adjoining bath.

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    A full-height door opens to the master bedroom and adjoining bath.

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    A full-height door opens to the master bedroom and adjoining bath.

robert m. gurney, faia, architect
washington, d.c.

Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, and his client shared a philosophical approach to this suburban infill project—one that dictated an efficient footprint and acknowledges the nearby urban core. “Most of the neighborhood’s new Colonial and Craftsman-style houses are too big for their lots,” Gurney says. “He wanted to have green space.” The ground-face block cube has windows of varying sizes to focus and edit views, and its flat roof adds 1,100 square feet for outdoor living. The judges called the outcome “very elegant,” praising the composition, materials, and the “roof-level porch.”


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product details

bathroom and kitchen fittings: Vola, www.vola.com; bathroom fixtures: Duravit, www.duravit.com; cooktop and oven: Wolf Appliance, www.wolfappliance.com; dishwasher: Bosch, www.bosch-home.com; doors and windows: Weather Shield, www.weathershield.com; kitchen fixtures: Franke, www.franke.com; lighting fixtures: Artemide, www.artemide.us, Bega, www.bega-us.com, Buschfeld, www.buschfeld.de, LBL Lighting, www.lbllighting.com, Lightolier, www.lightolier.com, Stonco, www.stonco.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero.com