Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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David Jameson, FAIA, has a knack for the conceptual. Consider the names he's given some of his residential projects: Bar Code House, BlackWhite Residence, PushPull, Jigsaw, Warp and Weft. The most recent example is the Hull House, so named for its vaulted interior in which living spaces unspool under rakish folded rooflines. Jameson took as his starting point the gabled roofs of older houses in this upscale neighborhood near Alex- andria's Old Town district, just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital. But he employed the gables in a new way, bending them into copper-covered shapes inspired by origami and supported by exposed, splayed steel piping. From the front, the house appears as a craggy building behind a high, stone-clad service wall; from the back it's all glass, opening to a patio and pool. The result is an alluring combination of the industrial and the glamorous, a glass house and a garrison near a busy street. Although the neighborhood dates back to the turn of the last century, inventive modern houses are cropping up in this enclave of urban professionals. In fact, aesthetically, the clients—a couple with two kids—gave David virtually free rein on the design. "They said, we just want to build a modern house, but we'll let you create what it is," he says. David took a page from their former house nearby—a sin- gle-story bungalow with high ceilings. They had opened up the kitchen, living and dining area, and bedrooms, blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces. "To me it was an interesting opportunity," David says. "A lot of clients wouldn't want glass, and to be exposed from outside the bedrooms. In this project we celebrated the same thing they had done in the bungalow renovation and allowed light to filter between various bedrooms and the living area of the house." Playing off the gabled peaks of older houses in the neighborhood, David Jameson designed a modern house of almost temple-like exaltation. While its glazed origami roof forms open to natural light, stone walls carve out privacy from the busy street. 40 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 CASE STUDY

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