The Rincon Bates House has been renovated by Studio27 Architecture and is end row house unit in Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The project furthers a continuing exploration in sustainable urban residential design. This project has a bio-based insulation, solar water heaters, plumbing fixtures and low flow of zero VOC finish. Ample daylight is supplied to the 1200 square foot home organized around a central atrium with skylight monitors.
The architects’ strategy stranded the dark, moldy interior with a feel of openness, both in plan and section, to make a more implicit series of connections between traditionally separated hierarchical programs. Studio 27 removed a section of the second level floor block to carve an emptiness through the middle of the house over the dining room, enabling shared light between all rooms, and presented operable skylights to make a performative row effect to control ventilation.. The second floor is divided into two suites, which are related with tubular steel and glass bridges which is more contrast with the existing weight of the stone.