Hawk's Nest

A Stately Home

Modern Retreat in a Rural Hamlet

Brookmont Home

A House with a View

House on the Pond

Tulip Hills Residence

High Gate

Family Room Addition

Historic Renovation

Waterfront Kitchen

Colorful Four Square

Waterfront Retreat

Penthouse with a Feature Stair

Penthouse with a View

Bethesda Penthouse

The Maisonette, Fifth Avenue, New York City

Waterfront Farm

Highland Farm

Pleasant Prospect Farm
5272 River Road, Suite 610
Bethesda MD 20816


Hawks Nest is a home and studio for a sculptor from Paris who was drawn to the site, an abandoned limestone quarry, with its sweeping views of the Potomac River. Our goal was to create a simple form that was simultaneously separate from and intertwined with nature. Two simple cast concrete volumes rise seamlessly from the limestone creating a framed view of the landscape beyond and a perch for the steel and glass structure above. The grid of steel columns modulates the space and creates framed views of the ever changing play of nature, blurring the line between inside and outside. Ipe, allowed to weather naturally, provides a material counterpoint to the steel and was used to create privacy, balconies that extend the interior space, and bridges that leave the site otherwise untouched. The residence is designed to enhance the experience of the nature and inspire the clients work in her ceramic studio and metal studio. Dark concrete floors with radiant floor heat provide warmth, while the narrow plan affords natural cross ventilation. Primary colors were interlaced within the black and white interior spaces. The goal was to create an atelier that was of the place and, at the same time, provides an armature for a greater appreciation of the natural beauty of the landscape.