david jameson architect, alexandria, va.

A split-foyer fix often calls for drastic measures, and this project was no exception. With a gut remodel and addition, David Jameson, FAIA, created two bar-shaped buildings stitched together by a circulation core. The new piece is made of lightweight modern materials, while the heavier existing volume anchors the house to the neighborhood.

On the original house, Jameson raised the first-floor ceiling height by a foot and added a flat-roofed second story. Outside he created a bluestone entry plinth that guides visitors to the main-floor elevation. The brick exterior was stripped of its details and encased in cement stucco, recalling the classic modern houses of the 1920s. “What's unique is that the house is a 28-foot-wide scrim that protects the glass pavilion from view of the street,” Jameson says. The cantilevered, copper-clad pavilion rests delicately on a glass base—an airy concept that continues inside both volumes.

Jury members praised the “cool floating box” and the nice contrast between old and new.

principal in charge / project architect / interior designer: David Jameson, FAIA, David Jameson Architect
general contractor: David Jameson, FAIA, Jakenzie, Bethesda
project size: 5,000 square feet
site size: 0.5 acre
construction cost: Withheld
photography: Paul Warchol Photography