Takoma Park House
I have greatly learned from Colin Rowe’s theories and historical teachings of modern architecture. Rowe was a professor in the Urban Design program at Cornell University, and he taught me how to create and enact a "vision of the world of architecture". There are two aspects to the concept of the single family house; one ideal and abstract, the other real and analytical. These aspects are interdependent. The abstract concept of the Takoma Park House is the idea of a spatially layered linear system with circulation across and along the layers from main entrance to rear private area. The proposition to this is the acceptance of the problem, inherent in any linear system, of ending that system. The ideal aspect of the concept - vision of the world of architecture - affects and is affected by its real and analytical response to problems related to site, program, circulation and entrance, structure and enclosure.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
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 with and emphasized by 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.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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, woods, and road. It consists of a series of closed, linear spaces organized on two and half levels. The public spaces where the family meet and entertain are at the rear of the house, overlooking the creek in the park.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The house construction started in May 2010 in Takoma Park, Maryland USA and finished in October 2016.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The concrete fireplace is formed with Portland cement, lime, and mortar and placed on a Bianco glazed porcelain base. In kitchen, the tile walls are 22mm x 22mm Tomei Silver Green Mosaic and countertop are emerald marble. All level floorings are bamboo with cinnamon wide plank, glued on Lite-Deck concrete. The terrace/landscape panel wall which is access to a carport are Cor-ten Steel. The aluminum doors and windows are manufactured by Marvin Windows.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: Width 7,620mm x Depth 16,459mm x Height 10,363mm for the total residential building volume. The technical specifications for construction is a mixture of Insulated Concrete Form (structural wall) and steel beams and columns. The flooring is Lite-Deck Insulation (concrete) with radiant heating system. The exterior veneer is a fiber cement panel with three colors.
Contemporary, sustainable, modern, texture, opening, environment, view
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, reflecting and refracting the natural around it. The modern house is rooted in the historical city of Takoma Park tradition of detached bungalow houses.
The hardest part in the lot is a variance that took us so long to wait until getting approval from the hearing. The hearing was held in the county government between members, attorney, witnesses and I to review the lot that required a variance of 6,218mm as it was within 13,258mm of the established front building line. The required front lot line setback was 19,200mm. The variance application took 3 months in proceeding for the hearing and then we received a grant for construction.
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Image #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; Todd Smith, Todd A. Smith Photography, LLC, 2016.
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