2011 AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards Merit Award Winner
Butman Lee House
Built, Single Family Residential
Cabin John, Maryland
Sited on a bluff overlooking both the C&O canal and the Potomac River, this house is about resolving the conflict between the orientation towards an extraordinary southwest view and the need to control sunlight, glare and heat gain generated by that orientation.
Housed within a bar parallel to the ridge and perpendicular to the view, the metal-clad main living spaces are elevated to the second story to look over and through the treetops. Bedrooms below at the first floor level share concrete masonry-walled private courtyards.
The large single-room living space opens to the view through a glass-walled loggia that is protected by roof overhangs and a fixed sunshade above door level. Operable computer controlled exterior blinds protect the interior from harsh direct afternoon sun, and enclose the loggia as a shaded buffer space.
Above the garage, guest rooms are housed in a separately zoned wing as part of an overall energy strategy that includes geothermal heat pumps, radiant heat, natural ventilation, active shading systems and foam insulation.