Newlands is a story about time. Time passing through ever changing seasons constantly altering what the eye perceives. The passing soul is in constant contact with its surroundings. Tucked in a corner of Rock Creek Park, the building faces the forest and draws not only energy from it but light, colors, sounds and scents.
Through strategically placed fenestrations one can wander through all six levels of the house never missing a sight of nature. The values of transparency, circulation, rhythm, quietness and most importantly the notion of architecture as mental, physical and social well-being: live good|function well are present throughout the layout of this building.
As you approach the building you can see through it. Transparency from the front door, through interior walls and all the way to the rear façade emphasizes the importance and desire for natural light. Light that will constantly bathe you through your discovery of spaces. Walk to the upper level or to the lower level and you will constantly maintain contact with your environment.
The main floor is a movie theater where high ceilings, large floor to ceiling windows and a few smart walls invite you to pause and admire nature’s story unfolding outside. The narrative continues as you walk up to the private family room and office both equally surrounded by glass and abundant natural light. Keep walking up and arrive into the sleeping quarters were windows become picture frames for views of the living forest. If curiosity is leading the way walk up another level to discover the master suite a generous space filled with light and views of the surrounding trees. A private terrace offers a corner where to meditate and rejoice.
Newlands is a space created to enjoy with loved ones over a home cooked meal, a wood burning fire or a house concert. The walls provide ample space for all to circulate comfortably without becoming strangers. Transparency was conceived not only to let light through but also to emphasize the values of family, community, love and camaraderie.
Located in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C.