The Round House.

1001 Irving St NE, Washington, DC

We took a simple, though unique, historic edifice and added a sophisticated, concentric rear addition. Both the final interior and exterior concepts for this home are supremely graceful.

Floorplan

Light

Structural steel hidden in an interstitial ceiling cavity creates a versatile space. Expansive French doors, casement windows and transoms form a curved wall of light that carries throughout the large, open first floor.

Curvature

The roof’s conical shape allowed us to design the most dramatic elements of this home: the custom steel staircase and the round skylight perched at the center of the 45-degree roof. (This space originally housed a circular stair leading to the second floor and, ultimately, an attic nook.)

The construction team created a round skylight using a large window outlined by a circular drywall frame.

History

A century-old landmark in the Brookland neighborhood, the Round House is an original Edward Woltz design. The house is a revival of the antebellum octagon style, a kind of building rarely seen in Washington, DC.

In a nod to the uncommon nature of the house, we kept its original fish-scale shingles.

Architect

Chuong Cao of Dep Designs

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