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PRIVATE HOUSE

REINTERPRETING TRADITION

NADAAA

America centrale | Washington

Recently completed, the radical adaptive renovation of a traditional pitched-roof 1920s brick building - Rock Creek House - by Boston/New York architecture firm NADAAA is immediately apparent from the perimeter walls. Although largely preserving the old order of the original openings, the north-facing street-side façade has been stripped of all cornices, corner pieces and decorative overlays. The roof frame has been inverted and is now a thin braid outlining the top of the façade. The impression is of a rough-cut brick block whose original formal order has been deliberately disrupted. The once equally conventional south-facing façade has been turned into an abstract composition of large glazed openings and monumental window “blocks” that create a continuum between the interiors and the adjacent woodland park. The building’s existing structural...

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