Studio27 Architecture designed the modern two-story house non-traditional urban sustainable lifestyle in Capitol Hill, Washington DC. This house a continuing exploration in sustainable urban residential design. The house had been renovated in the early 1970’s, but the interior space remained a series of compartmentalized programmed rooms reminiscent of more traditional lifestyles.
The architects’ strategy displaced the dark, musty interior with a sense of openness, both in plan and section, to create a more implicit series of relationships between traditionally separated hierarchical programs. Studio 27 removed a section of the second level floor joists to carve a void through the middle of the house over the dining room, enabling shared light between all spaces, and introduced operable skylights to create a per formative stack effect to control ventilation. The second floor is divided into two bedroom suites, connected by a tubular steel and glass bridge that further contrasts with the heaviness of the existing masonry. Energy and water consumption are additionally minimized through the use of tank less gas-powered water heaters, new low E glass windows and doors, bio-based insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush wall hung toilets, and all interior finishes are domestically resourced recycled and formaldehyde-free to improve indoor air quality.
Project: Rincon | Bates House
Architects: Studio 27 Architecture – John K. Burke
Design Team: Chris DeHenzel, Hans Kuhn
Contractor: Stalheber Construction Inc.
Square footage of job: 1,550 sf
Completion Date: January 2010
Photography: Anice Hoachlander / Allan Russ