public and private areas. The family in the household is intended to have a private space for sleeping, bathing, and retirement. The private part of the house is located at the rear if the house, overlooking the creek in the park. It consists of a series of closed, linear spaces organized on two and half levels. The public spaces where the family meet and entertain are on the entry side and faces land, woods, and road.
The spatial organization of the house is based on a programmatic separation between public and private areas. The family in the household is intended to have a private space for sleeping, bathing, and retirement. The private part of the house is located on the rear side to face the park and trees. It consists of a series of closed, linear spaces organized on all various levels. The public spaces are located at the front side entrance of the house, overlooking the wood forest.
The most challenging aspect of the lot was the variance of zoning setbacks, specifically due to the long periods of time waiting and hearing for the frontal building line grants. The house was built within no less than a 43' front lot line setback from the street, which enables the frontal building line, and aligns with adjacent the neighbors' houses on the block. Even though the house's two stories tall which was built to its maximum height limit, the house is consistent with the average height of minimum three neighbors' houses (two on both sides and one from across the street of the property in the block).
The compact, prismatic form of the house expresses a certain attitude toward the site: apart from being a shelter, the house is also an object which reflects and refracts the environmental land around it’s structure. The modern house is rooted in the historical city of Takoma Park, known for its detached bungalow houses.
Gross Floor Area (mq)242
Design teamNichols Design Associates, Inc.
Main ContractorHorsman Homes
ConsultantsGeorge Greber, PE (Structural Engineer), Chesapeake Kitchen Design, Jarman Company (concrete fireplace)
SuppliersKalwall Corporation, Marvin Windows & Doors
Photo CreditsTodd A. Smith Photography, LLC
Curriculum studio / partecipanteRobert A. Nichols, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Nichols Design Associates, Inc., Washington, DC, USA
1979 to Present:
Over 39 years, Mr. Nichols served as architectural & urban designer, ADA accessibility specialist and Universal Design consultant as business owner. Review project goals and objectives with clients and provide cost estimates for commercial, residential, non-profit organization, and government building and facility projects. His expertise includes development lands, site planning, programming, design and construction developments and construction administration, and barrier-free environments in public transportations.
1981/Master of Architecture in Urban Design/Cornell University
1979/Bachelor of Architecture/Cornell University
American Institute of Architects (AIA) - DC Chapter, Associate Member,
World Deaf Architecture/AIA, President/Chairman of the Board of Directors
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