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Slate House // Ziger|Snead Architects

MD, United States

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Situated on 3 acres and surrounded by Maryland Environmental Trust land, the Slate House is a contemporary retreat that respects the nature and legacy of the vast and densely wooded site. The new 7,000-square foot building replaces a late 60’s, ranch-style house that was destroyed by fire.The recent house fire created a physical, emotional, and ecological shift between owners, land, and the surrounding ecology.

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

Rising from the ashes of its predecessor, the design team set out to reconnect the site to the existing contextual environment. The home and gardens are designed as a metaphor for healing, reflection, and relaxation.The design employs an archetypal gable form, a geometric extrusion that is both reductive and minimal, that yields cathedral ceilings emphasizing the verticality of the trees.

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

Dark slate shingles wrap the sides and roof as a protective shell. Charred wood siding caps the gable ends evoking the memory of the former home. Both materials contrast with the open, light-filled volumes of the interior. Large expanses of mahogany framed window walls maximize views of the surrounding forest, blurring interior and exterior spaces.

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

© Ziger|Snead Architects

Clean and direct geometries combine with natural materials of stone, wood, steel, and water to express rawness and simplicity. Credits:- Adam Rouse Photography – Photographer – Adam Rouse- Jenkins Baer – Interior Designer – Jay Jenkins- Ziger|Snead – Architect – Matthew Rouse, AIA, LEED AP- Aire-Craft Heating and Cooling – Mechanical Engineer – Fred Reinthaler- Ziger|Snead – Design Partner – Douglas Bothner, AIA, LEED AP- Konst | Siematic – Kitchen Design – Jonas Carnemark- Campion Hruby – Landscape Architect – Kevin Campion- Flux Studio – Lighting Designer – Glenn Shrum- Blackhorse Construction – General Contractor – Chris Kilduff- Gramophone – Electrical Engineer – Andrew Davis- Jennifer Hughes Photography – Photographer – Jennifer Hughes.

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