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Washington DC isn't all about politics, marble pillars and sex scandals...
The Ricon Bates House by Studio27 Architecture transformed an ordinary old 1906 brick row home into a spectacular modern contemporary interior.
The architects’ strategy displaced the dark, musty interior with a sense of openness, both in plan and section, to create a more implicit series of relationships between traditionally separated hierarchical programs. Studio27 removed a section of the second level floor joists to carve a void through the middle of the house over the dining room, enabling shared light between all spaces, and introduced operable skylights to create a performative stack effect to control ventilation. The second floor is divided into two bedroom suites, connected by a tubular steel and glass bridge that further contrasts with the heaviness of the existing masonry. Energy and water consumption are additionally minimized through the use of tank less gas-powered water heaters, new low-E glass windows and doors, bio-based insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush wall hung toilets. All interior finishes are domestically resourced recycled and formaldehyde-free to improve indoor air quality.
It's amazing what can be done and found within a house that appears 'ordinary' from the street... great work Studio27!