2021 RDAA | Renovation | Dual Modern | KUBE Architecture

Janet Bloomberg’s addition to her own Hammond Woods residence takes its cues from the house’s original architect, Charles Goodman. Between 1949 and 1951, he developed 58 Midcentury Modern homes on the wooded, rolling terrain of this Washington, D.C., suburb. The addition’s form reflects the house’s roof pitch and rectangular footprint, though she split them apart to allow for clerestories in each room—the better to view the tree canopy—and angled them to accommodate the oddly shaped lot. 

Set a half-level up from the main house along the natural slope, the twin shed-roofed volumes flank a lower-ceilinged glass walkway that connects them lightly to the house.
“I wanted to make clear what was existing and what was new,” Janet says. “We wanted to do a KUBE house, not a Goodman knockoff.”  

One volume houses a bath, laundry, and den with a porch, while the other holds a kids’ lounge, second bath, and study. Metal roofing wraps down the side walls, draining rainwater to gravel troughs and eliminating the need for a gutter system. Exposed framing, clerestories, and the glass end wall in each space pay homage to Goodman’s work. 

What Goodman may not have considered was designing for the future. Here a separate entrance and sliding walls on the central portion allow for the possibility of an accessory dwelling. The connector’s green roof, too, is a contemporary gesture—and a focal point from the addition. The two moderns sit side by side, gazing into the landscape.




KUBE Architecture
Dual Modern
Kensington, Maryland

Project Credits

Architect: Janet Bloomberg, FAIA, principal in charge; Matthias Arauco-Shapiro and Matthew Dougherty, associate designers, KUBE Architecture, Washington

Builder: ThinkMakeBuild, Annapolis, Maryland (shell); R Construction, Silver Spring, Maryland (interior)

Landscape Architect: Campion Hruby Landscape Architecture, Annapolis

Custom Work: Metal Specialties, Louisa, Virginia; Mersoa Woodwork & Design, Rockville, Maryland; Gaithersburg Glass, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Project Size: 1,200 square feet

Site Size: .30 acre

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Anice Hoachlander Photography and Julia Heine Photography

Key Products

Cladding: Viroc

Doors: Loewen, Windsor

Faucets: Lacava, Hansgrohe

Insulation/Housewrap: ZIP System

Lighting: Flos, Artemide, Foscarini, Bruck, Buschfeld

Lighting Control: Lutron

Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore

Passage Doors/Door Hardware: Mockett

Sinks: Badeloft

Toilets: Lacava

Windows: Windsor, Western Window Systems






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