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On one of the few remaining lots in the Rollingwood area of Chevy Chase, Maryland, this house is on a steeply sloping, corner property, with a wooded perimeter offering views to Rock Creek Park. At the client’s request all primary living spaces are on one floor, similar to a flat. The design accommodates the couple’s collection of contemporary paintings, craft pieces, and sculptures, as well as separate quarters for visiting children and grandchildren.
The formal concept for the house derives from the irregular shape of the site, its topography, and solar orientation. The residence is organized along a linear, sky-lit gallery leading to the dining room. Remaining living spaces and a gazebo emerge as pavilions along the gallery and define a southwest-facing terrace. A steep drop in the topography allows placement of the secondary bedrooms and support spaces on a lower level of the house.