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Black White Residence by David Jamerson Architect

By Eric Meunier


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Virginia-based architect David Jameson has designed the multi-award winning Black White residence, a single family home located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

As its name suggests, the house is deliberately monochromatic, both inside and outside. Color is introduced through the furniture and the dramatic views.

Black White Residence by David Jamerson Architect:

“Inhabiting the masonry shell of an existing house, this project engages the phenomenon of ruins and explores the idea of aperture. The design program called for renovating the main level and adding a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.

Alluding to the Acropolis, four modern glass temples emerge from a white stucco plinth as volumes of light, and define space between each other. These volumes of light are stitched together by a circulation core sheathed in black that extends to cradle each space. The volumes are instruments of light, gathering natural light to the interior during the day and glowing in the landscape at night.

The glass volumes of the upper level and windows incised into the main level stucco plinth are thought of as lenses to the landscape. Facing the street side of the site, long thin ‘census’ windows give focus to the measured cadence of tree trunks while editing views to passing vehicles. Above, the glass volumes provide panoramic views to the tree canopy and sky above. To the rear yard, one glass volume slices through the plinth to frame unencumbered two story views.”

Photos by: Paul Warchol Photography

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

1 thought on “Black White Residence by David Jamerson Architect”

  1. Oh..Oh..Oh..me WANT!!
    As a die hard minimalist slash cubist slash bauhaus acolyte and a Farnsworth Aficionado this is close to perfection for me. I tried to find fault somewhere – so get rid of the Eames chair!! It’s Ikea for Architects. (And I’ll be burned at the design stake for heresy I know – but 9 out of 10 house displays on the web have them.)


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