We are pleased to announce that the Georgetown Residence (Sync) has recently been recognized with a Merit Design Award in the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter Design Awards program. Of 59 projects submitted to the 2014 annual awards program, it was one of eight projects recognized, and one of three recognized in the category of Single Family Residential Architecture.
Originally constructed in 1937, this urban row house in historic Georgetown is twice as wide as its adjoining neighbors. Considered unique since it was built, the property was featured in a 1939 Georgetown House Tour as one of a group of “interesting houses.” The new owners hoped to improve the connection to the private rear garden while creating a contemporary interior. Success is evident upon entry into a generous foyer open to a skylit stair. The fortress of exterior brick belies the contents of sleek lines and light-filled rooms. On the main floor, the new plan takes advantage of the entire thirty foot width of the house with a single large space for living, dining, and entertaining. Garden connections are enhanced through a large rear bay and doors that fold open to a new terrace. Custom millwork is used throughout for a crisp aesthetic, concealing doors and creating monolithic surfaces.
The design awards program’s jury recognized the project as an outstanding integration of modernist idiom within an existing historic building, and commended the project on being geometrically pure while creating intimate spaces for living.
The Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute for Architects, founded in 1955, is one of three local chapters serving the Maryland State Component of the AIA. Their annual design awards competition is designed to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural, design, and planning achievement. For more information, click here.