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The Contemporary Barcode House, USA

Contemporary Barcode House was designed by David James Architects a Virginia-based design studio. This contemporary house is located in Washington D.C, USA.

Barcode House explores juxtapositions between the heavy and light and the old and the new. The work is formed by positioning the project’s diverse pressures into a unique situational aesthetic. Brittle masonry walls of the existing Washington, DC row house governed that the addition be engineered as a freestanding structure. Site constraints dictated a vertically oriented spatial solution.

The client had a desire for a transparent living space, this generated the opportunity to create an integrated solution for lateral force requirements. Structural steel rods within a glass window wall were aligned with datum lines of the neighboring building elevations. A stucco circulation tower anchors the living space to the existing row house.

The house has a very monochrome feel to it. The furniture oozes minimal chic and the rooms are very bright and airy thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Images courtesy of Paul Warchol


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 21, 2011 | Property | View comments

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