[highlight1] NaCl House [/highlight1]
Architect David Jameson designed the NaCl house in Bethesda, Maryland. its rough, inexact form almost mirrors the structural integrity of the mineral sodium chloride (salt). The stark ambiguity of its outer skin exemplifies it as a single unit that reflects the amazing fluidity of its interior.
Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, NaCl House aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The resultant massing reveals an imperfect, rough-hewn form recalling the natural isometric formation of mineral rock salt.
The exterior composition is read as a single object that reflects a dynamic fluid interior. Uncorrelated to the buildings structure, glazing panels are detailed flush to the exterior surface, eliminating shadows which further inhibit a reading of the buildings scale.
A couple with Maryland roots decided to move back home from New York with their two children. The husband’s job – he is an international salt dealer – was the inspiration for the 4,860-square-foot house’s blocky form. The architects helped scout the suburban half-acre site for their clients, and then kept the footings and foundation of a previous house on the site intact. To maintain the low scale common to the neighborhood, they buried the first and second stories into a slope.
The wood structure is clad in stucco, with long, linear windows that obscure the scale of the house. The architects note that from the front, it appears to be three stories, but from the back, where the slope rises, it looks like one. Inside, blonde ash floors help to reflect the natural light. A family room encompasses a double height space with views to the second floor and a glass balustrade. A stairway and an elevator are the two vertical elements that divide the house. One must pass between them to reach the kitchen from the family room.
[highlight1] Project Data [/highlight1]
Project name: NaCl House
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Type: Modern House
Project Area: 451 sqm
Site Area: 0.52 acres
Structural: wood frame
Exterior cladding: Stucco
Completion Year: January, 2012
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: David Jameson Architect
Project Architect: David Jameson
Interior Designer: David Jameson Architect
General contractor: John Thompson
Engineer: Linton Engineering
Text Description: © Courtesy of David Jameson Architect
Images: © Paul Warchol
[highlight1] Location Map [/highlight1]
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