Surrounded by iconic landmarks in northwest Washington, DC, including Washington Cathedral, Naval Observatory, and Embassy Row, 30th Street House is located on approximately 1 acre corner lot in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, a small neighborhood bordered by trees with traditional houses of generous dimensions.
To continue the rhythm of the existing houses on the street, local firm Robert Gurney Architect has positioned the house close to the road, allowing for large private outdoor spaces and green spaces to the rear.
The house itself is divided into three volumes connected by two “glass links”, or glazed walkways. Inside, the volumes offer spaces to accommodate different functions, offering larger public spaces and more intimate family areas. From the outside, the shapes of the gable roof, the tall chimneys and the steel windows of the volumes evoke a traditional language, while the glass links have been designed with crisp details and are intended to bring a touch of modernity to the interior. project.
Exterior materials, including brick and limestone walls, slate roof, powder coated steel windows, and copper downspouts, were chosen not only for their ability to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood. , but also for their resistance to weather events.
Despite the home’s generous size, the infrastructure, geothermal HVAC system, and additional energy-saving equipment have all been chosen to efficiently power, heat and cool the home and create an environment that promotes healthy living for an active family.