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Anchored at floor and ceiling, the living room shelving unit supports a gas fireplace and flat-screen TV housed in the same aluminum surround.

Kit of Parts, Washington, D.C.

Kit of Parts, Washington, D.C.

  • Anchored at floor and ceiling, the living room shelving unit supports a gas fireplace and flat-screen TV housed in the same aluminum surround.

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    Anchored at floor and ceiling, the living room shelving unit supports a gas fireplace and flat-screen TV housed in the same aluminum surround.

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    Julia Heine

    Anchored at floor and ceiling, the living room shelving unit supports a gas fireplace and flat-screen TV housed in the same aluminum surround.

  • The shelving layout works within the existing scheme of windows and interior partitions.

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    The shelving layout works within the existing scheme of windows and interior partitions.

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    Julia Heine

    The shelving layout works within the existing scheme of windows and interior partitions.

  • Stock materials combine to form a flexible and elegant storage system.

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    Stock materials combine to form a flexible and elegant storage system.

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    Julia Heine

    Stock materials combine to form a flexible and elegant storage system.

  • The shelving system doubles as a guard rail at the second floor.

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    The shelving system doubles as a guard rail at the second floor.

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    Julia Heine

    The shelving system doubles as a guard rail at the second floor.

  • The first-floor plan.

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    The first-floor plan.

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    Courtesy McInturff Architects

    The first-floor plan.

  • An axonometric view of the first floor.

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    An axonometric view of the first floor.

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    Courtesy McInturff Architects

    An axonometric view of the first floor.

mcinturff architects
bethesda, md.

Tasked with providing shelf space for a client’s extensive library, Mark McInturff, FAIA, and project designer Colleen Gove Healey devised a modular intervention that left existing walls essentially undisturbed. The system starts with doubled-steel-angle uprights, infilled with cherry, which support glass shelves separated by aluminum-plate spacers. Fixed at floor and ceiling, the assemblies proved highly adaptable. “Every time we came up with another thing to do, we looked back at those bookshelves,” says McInturff, who used the same system to support work and seating surfaces and an aluminum-faced cabinet that houses a gas fireplace and television.


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product details

flooring: Odegard, www.odegardinc.com; hardware: Forms+Surfaces, www.form-surfaces.com; lighting fixtures: Estiluz, www.estiluz.com, Halo, www.haloltg.com