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hooper's island residence, church creek, md.

custom / 3,500 square feet or less / merit

hooper's island residence, church creek, md.

custom / 3,500 square feet or less / merit

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    Paul Warchol

    Recessed glass walls create "view portals" of the salt marsh, pine forest, and river.

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    Paul Warchol

    At dusk, the etched glass-enclosed shower becomes an oversized outdoor lantern.

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    Paul Warchol

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    Paul Warchol

    The concrete plinths and minimally pitched shed roofs are typical of local agricultural buildings.

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    David Jameson Architect

    The Hooper’s Island Residence’s floor plan.

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    David Jameson Architect

    The project’s site plan.

david jameson architect, alexandria, va.

Local barns and fishing shacks inspired the simple volumes and minimally pitched shed roofs of this residence on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Each pod—a lodge, master cabin, and guest cabana—is rotated toward a different river view and cantilevered over concrete plinths to minimize the footprint and satisfy floodplain zoning.

“This landscape is very much like the one I grew up in, and it gave me the opportunity to reacquaint myself with the negative space made by outbuildings, which allows the owners to be at one with nature,” says David Jameson, FAIA. The horizontal, lead-coated copper cladding also interacts with nature; its crimped seams create shadow lines when it's sunny, and snowflakes rest there in winter.

The judges pronounced it “a beautiful composition, very handsome and skillfully done.”

principal in charge: David Jameson, FAIA, David Jameson Architect
project designer: Ron Southwick, David Jameson Architect
general contractor: Elwin Collins, C J & E Construction, Church Creek, Md.
project size: 2,200 square feet
site size: 5 acres
construction cost: Withheld
photography: Paul Warchol Photography.

product specs
bathroom fittings and fixtures: Duravit USA; bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Hill Enterprises; dishwasher: Bosch USA; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator; hardware: FSB USA; kitchen fittings: Blanco America; kitchen fixtures: KWC America; lighting fixtures: Cooper Lighting (Iris Lighting), Énergie, Leucos USA; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; windows: Weather Shield Manufacturing