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Shou sugi ban panels detail the front façade; clerestory windows admit light but maintain privacy.

A wall of steel-framed windows from Western Windows brings the outdoors in. A fireplace clad in fiber-cement panels anchors the living area, furnished with classic mid-century pieces.

Into the Woods

A glass-walled, modern abode brings the secluded outdoors in

Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect

Tasked with designing a modern dwelling on a wooded site in Bethesda’s Mohican Hills enclave, Robert Gurney conceived a two-story structure facing the street with a four-story volume that takes advantage of the site’s sloping grade in back. Two concrete side walls embrace the home, with front and rear façades clad in shou sugi ban. Facing the woods, the four-story rear is mostly glass.

A foot bridge connects the street and the entry, beyond which open, airy interiors beckon. Says Gurney, “The project is modulated as a series of experiences that leads you into a tranquil environment from which to enjoy the serene, wooded landscape.”

"The shou sugi ban cladding is quite beautiful and fits well with the woodland site."
—Richard Arentz, jurist


Architecture: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect. Interior Design: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID, Baron Gurney Interiors. Builder: Commonwealth Home Design.


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