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
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