The Edgemoor Residence

The Edgemoor Residence

Architect
David Jameson Architect
Location
Bethesda, United States
Category
Private Houses
Michael Moran

The Edgemoor Residence

David Jameson Architect as Architects

The Edgemoor Residence is an attempt to mediate the scale and typology of a traditional post-war neighborhood, while respecting the client's desire for a modern house. The original corner-lot house was torn down to the foundation walls and first floor deck, and rebuilt as a composition of both modern and traditional forms.


Built on the existing foundation walls, two simple bars sit on either side of a circulation spine with a third bar at the end opposite of the entry. The gable roof forms establish a dialogue with the traditional houses within the neighborhood. The modern face of the house is turned towards the outdoor room on the inside of the site. The cast limestone brise-soleil recalls the scale of front porches found on the nearby houses and marks the axis of the entry.


The entry defines a gallery that runs the length of the house, dividing the kitchen-dining room volume from the guest room-family room volume. The entry procession ends at the double-height master suite volume. An animated stairway overlooking the family room leads up to a catwalk between the guest rooms and a bridge to the media room.


The juxtaposition of shapes and textures – the stuccoed rear volume, the cast limestone brisesoleil, and the butler stone volumes - slide by each other to create an abstract composition. They reflect the internal divisions of public and private spaces, while creating a filter between the interior and the landscape.


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