ROCK CREEK HOUSE
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The Rock Creek House is an adaptive re-use project of a 1920’s brick structure that was originally composed of two floors, with a mechanical basement and attic. This re-adaption leverages the robustness of the existing structure to double the house’s size, while expanding its functions into the landscape.
While the northern street façade remains relatively intact –formal, insular, and composed– the southern exposure to Rock Creek is made more generous. By expanding the areas of glazing and establishing a more precise relationship between rooms and their respective apertures, a new architectural order is established on the south – more informal, open and in dialogue with nature.
The most salient spatial intervention is the introduction of two multi-height spaces. The first connects the entry level down to the garden level. The second vertical space connects the entry up to the former attic, now a play loft capped by a skylight. With these two interventions, the once stratified realms of storage, bedrooms, work areas, and living areas become seamlessly intertwined.
While the north facade on the street remains relatively intact, the idea of the house was also to develop a more generous exposure to Rock Creek and the southern exposure, where they extend the house into the garden areas. By expanding the areas of glazing on the south, and establishing a more precise relationship between rooms and their respective apertures, a new architectural order is established on the south – more informal, open and in dialogue with nature.
Principals: Nader Tehrani; Katherine Faulkner, AIA
Project Manager: Harry Lowd
Project team: Sarah Dunbar, Remon Alberts, John Houser, Stephen Saude, Jonathan Palazzolo, Lisa LaCharité, Parke Macdowell, David Richmond, Dane Assmusen, Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, Mehdi Alibakhshian, Sina Mesdaghi, Tom Beresford, Dan Gallagher
Millwork: CW Keller Associates
Landscape Architecture: Landworks Studio
AWARDS AND PRESS
Nominated for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, 2016
Best Single Family Home, Architect’s Newspaper, 2015
Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects, 2015
Excellence in Architecture, AIA DC, 2015
Excellence in Craft, Boston Society of Architects, 2015