8/10/2011

The Barcode House


A modern edition to this classic Washington, DC town home certainly achieved it goals to inspire individuality and original design.  Driven by the simple complexity of the everyday use and necessity of the barcode, architect David Jameson used references to the common retail thread throughout the design. Minimalist design exploring juxtapositions between the heavy a light and the old and the new.




The work is formed by positioning the project's diverse pressures into a unique situational aesthetic.  Brittle masonry walls of the existing D.C. row house governed that the addition be engineered as a freestanding structure.  Site constraints dictated a vertically oriented spatial solution.  The clients desire for transparent living space generated the opportunity to create an integrated solution for lateral force requirements.  Structural steel rods within a glass window wall are aligned with datum lines of the neighboring building elevations.  A stucco circulation tower anchors the living space to the existing row house.




The design is clean and almost seamless, offering very little privacy, although it contains all public functions of the residence so privacy isn't really an issue.  The structures transparent design is quite appropriate for its position at the rear of the house.