The beautiful Hampden Lane House

The Hampden Lane House is a beautiful residence in Bethesda, Maryland by Robert Gurney Architect. The original structure on the site was found to be inefficient so it was torn down and replaced with a new one. The new house occupies one third less area than the original structure and is sited to maximize green area on the property. Designed as a cube, the new house is approximately 2,200 square feet with no unused or underutilized spaces. The flat roof provides an additional 1,100 square feet of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline.

Varying sized windows were arranged to optimize views to the green spaces while minimizing views of adjacent houses in close proximity. Interior spaces are open and light filled with crisp detailing. Walnut flooring provides a rich base for white walls and millwork, designed in juxtaposition to the charcoal gray exterior walls.

This house represents a deliberate departure in both the thought process and the realization of current building trends in the neighborhood. Instead of building a large house with pretentious ties to the rural past, this new house is smaller with a stronger relationship to the modern, urban area that Bethesda has become. The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces. Via

Visit the website of Robert Gurney Architect here.

Photos: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

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