Potomac House


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A young couple desired a new contemporary home with a strong connection to place. The four bedroom, 5,400-square foot home is set on thick concrete walls that acts as a dividing spine separating a formal, curated landscape on the west from the cascading contours of the steeply sloped site on the east. The form of the house is elemental - a dark Shou Sugi Ban box contrasts the smooth concrete walls below. A vertical chimney of daylight emphasizes the main stair that connects the two levels, its form extending above the roof with a black mirrored glass box that reflects the surrounding landscape during the day and emits a soft glow at night. 


Design Team: Douglas Bothner; Michael Westrate

Location: Potomac, MD

Completion: 2019