Takoma Park House
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PROJECT Takoma Park House
LOCATION Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 10/31/2016
ARCHITECT Nichols Design Associates, Inc.
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT Robert Nichols
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER RSB Builders
PHOTOGRAPHER Todd A. Smith
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Robert Nichols, Assoc. AIA
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The new family house is positioned along the site's ridge and is oriented toward the Sligo Creek Park since it was built in Takoma Park, Maryland in October 2016
The design illustrates a programmatic separation of the public and private areas of family life. The spatial sequence is composed of layers that extend the vertical stratification of space generated by the organization of the plan. This stratification is parallel to the physical plane of entry. It is literal in reference to 'closed' and 'open', but should be understood as a spatial metaphor because the horizontal levels are continuous between them to accommodate programmatic and social interaction.
The concrete fireplace is formed with Portland cement, lime, and mortar and is placed on a Bianco glazed porcelain base. In the kitchen, the tile walls are called Silver Green Mosaic and the marble countertop is called Emeralda. All level floorings are bamboo with cinnamon wide plank, glued on Lite-Deck concrete. The terrace/landscape panel walls, which lead to a carport, are COR-TEN steel. The windows and doors are produced with exterior aluminum and interior wood panes, rails, and stiles. The two story fiberglass translucent panels with high insulated light transmits a product that is placed on the east elevation exterior wall behind the straight one-way stair.
The total gross area of the house is 3,880 sq. ft. The technical specifications for construction is a mixture of insulated concrete form (structural wall with 5.33cm thick foam core) and steel beams and columns. The concrete floor slab is Lite-Deck (concrete with insulated foam) with an installed radiant heating system. The exterior veneer is a fiber cement panel, (Cembrit), with three colors - light grey, dark grey and orange.
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 entry side and faces land, forest, and road. It consists of a series of closed, linear spaces organized throughout the two and half levels. The public spaces where the family conjoins are at the rear of the house, overlooking the creek in the park.
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.
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IMAGE CAPTIONS & CREDITS
IMAGE 1 Takoma Park House, Balcony View, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 2 Takoma Park House, Kitchen to Ceiling, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 3 Takoma Park House, Exterior Front Dusk, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 4 Takoma Park House, Dining Room, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 5 Takoma Park House, Exterior Side, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 6 Takoma Park House, Fireplace-Kitchen-Dining, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 7 Takoma Park House, Door Open, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC
IMAGE 8 Takoma Park House, Rear Exterior Dusk, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC