David Jameson Architect designed the Barcode House in Washington, D.C.
With this project, the architects sought to explore the relationships between heavy and light, as well as between old and new. The fragile masonry walls of the existing row house dictated that the additional space had to be a freestanding structure. The site also created certain challenges that required the home to be oriented vertically.
Complying with the client's wishes, the architects created an additional transparent living space. This objective allowed for an integrated design that complemented the home's lateral constraints. The additional living space is anchored to the row house by way of a stucco circulation. The finished project features steel rods and a glass window wall, adding a modern appeal to the home.
The Barcode House Mimics the Aesthetic of a Merchandise Computer Code
1. Vertical Living - Opportunity to design and build vertically stacked homes for efficient use of space and optimal urban living.
2. Mixed Materials - Innovative use of masonry, steel rods, and glass window walls to create visually striking architectural designs.
3. Integration of Old and New - Exploring the juxtaposition of historical row houses with modern, transparent living spaces.
1. Architecture - Architects can embrace the trend of vertical living and mixed materials to create unique and visually appealing designs.
2. Construction - Opportunity for construction companies to specialize in building vertically stacked homes that maximize space utilization.
3. Real Estate - Real estate developers can capitalize on the demand for integrated old and new spaces by revitalizing historical buildings with modern additions.