Designed by Robert M. Gurney, Hampden Lane House, FAIA is located in Bethesda, United States . The new house occupies one third less area than the original structure and is sited to maximise green area on the property. Designed as a cube, the new house is approximately 2,200 sq ft with no unused or underutilised spaces. The flat roof provides an additional 1,100 sq ft of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline.
Fenestration in the ground faced block walls, composed of varying sized rectangular and square openings, is arranged to optimise views to the green spaces while minimising views of adjacent houses in close proximity.
This house represents a deliberate departure in both the thought process and the realisation of current building trends in the neighbourhood. 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.