This is an exceptionally large house on a wooded acre lot in Bethesda, MD. The immediate architectural context of the neighborhood, a conglomeration of stylistically un-related and pretentious structures, is not the inspiration for the design. Rather, the goal was to create a structure that seemed to have some organic relationship with its wooded site and which was not trying to impress with its scale or highly formal details. The facade is dominated by a low-slung porch, and shed dormers project above the low eave line.
The internal organization of the house is a U-shaped circulation pattern that wraps around a large double-height great room on both levels. On the first floor, the circulation pattern is implied with, with public rooms wrapping the space and opening to one another en filade. On the second floor, a corridor serving the bedrooms wraps the great room and has balcony overlooks on three sides. The fourth side of the family room is dominated by a two-story bay arched bay window that overlooks a south-facing patio which overlooks the still-wooded portion of the site to the rear.
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