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Bethesda Retreat

Project Details

Location: Bethesda, MD

Date: Fall 2017

Services: Land Planning & Feasibility
  Architectural Design
  Construction Documents
  Construction Administration

Credits: Maxine Schnitzer Photography
  L. S. Design – Interior Design
  Mark Finlayson, CPH /
  Wheat’s Landscape –
  Landscape Design/Build

The Bethesda Retreat is located on a uniquely shaped, but well-oriented, narrow lot. The length of the home was an opportunity to design spaces with sun from multiple directions, capturing morning and afternoon light. A central patio, ideal for entertaining, is carved from the center of the home, and provides a dynamic outdoor living zone connected to the main interior living spaces, kitchen, and pool. The floor plan revolves around this predominant feature with multiple entry points and sight lines connecting remote portions of the home. A formal Owner’s Suite is nestled into the rear wing, providing an intimate sanctuary with views toward the wooded portion of the lot.

Upstairs, a loft and studio offer supplemental spaces for both entertaining and work. These rooms are enhanced by partial screening and operable doors so the residents may selectively sequester themselves or engage with the surrounding spaces. The home’s exterior is characterized by its contemporary treatment of warm materials: light stucco, granular stone tile, rich wood siding, and bronze metal elements. Subtle expressions of ornament in the entry door, open eaves, steel canopies, and accent tile are among its most distinctive elements.

PROJECT MILESTONES

Conceptual elevation sketch
Conceptual first floor plan
3D model of front
3D model of patio

Brownstones at National Harbor Quote

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feet up. shoulders down. sipping on sweet tea. Front porches call you home… like every day is vacation.

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Light and Shadow

Architecture is all about the interplay of light and shadow; texture and temperature; more about the way a space makes you feel than a collection of its parts. It’s experienced not just in 3 dimensions but as a function of time. As your senses collect the information around you, time passes, and new experiences are formed. Take for example the way the sun fills a space…how the light transforms its surfaces…then watch, as the earth rotates and the sun’s angle changes; the light now reinventing the space. You see…life and time unfold in a space. Memories are formed, moments are framed…marked by the space they’re experienced in and etched in your mind for eternity.

This aspect of architecture enriches the human experience. Every new space you enter expands your perceptive qualities; cognitively and emotionally. It’s this richness, in each person as a child-like discoverer, that propels us to search for depth and richness in all we encounter.

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Discover

We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers.

Glenn Murcutt


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