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Hooper's Island Residence

David Jameson Architect, ArchiTech Gallery

Project Name

Hooper's Island Residence

Project Status



2,200 sq. feet


  • Ron Southwick
  • General Contractor: Elwin Collins
  • Paul Warchol Photography



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Project Description

2009 RADA

Custom / 3,500 Square Feet Or Less / Merit

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.”
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