The NADAAA studio renovated a brick house that dates from the 1920s. The building is located in Washington DC, on the edge of Rock Creek Park, which is one of the most picturesque parks in the city, an area protected since 1890 and the future home of the Obama family.
The client wanted to double the usable space, but maintain the existing structure and visible brickwork that was part of the period construction. The project preserves the symmetric order of the windows on the principal façade that faces the street, but eliminates the pitched roof in order to carve out more space above while still remaining within the outline of the original structure. On the garden side, which descends towards the creek at the base of the park, the existing brick wall was pierced by more generous apertures, undermining its load-bearing capacity; steel structural elements were inserted to ensure its stability.