The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), which made its debut in Washington last year at the National Building Museum (NBM), is returning to to Washington Feb. 21-24. The ADFF is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. The festival is presented by the NBM with the Revada Foundation. The Opening Night celebration and screening of Frank Gehry: Building Justice, will be held the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. The festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The museum will be the venue for all films, featuring three separate theaters, two of which will be specially outfitted for the festival, including the Museum’s iconic Great Hall. Other films will explore the work of Dieter Rams, Renzo Piano (his Botín Center in Santander, Spain, is pictured above) and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.
During the snow yesterday, all I thought about was this fireplace in my new, private exclusive listing in Bethesda. The green, modernist house and studio were designed and built by award-winning architect Thomas S. Shiner, FAIA. The design was inspired by Scandinavian masters Alvar Aalto and Poul Kjaerholm, who Shiner studied with in Denmark. Did you read that? He studied with Kjaerholm. Enough said.
A central feature of the house is a custom-built brick and limestone wood-burning fireplace integral with the stair to the second floor. The elevated Scandinavian hearth opens front and side (oriented to a seating area and the living room). The masonry mass of the fireplace is capable of storing and radiating heat in the very center of the house, provided the fireplace is kept burning for a day or longer.
The main house is 2 bedrooms/2.5 bath with additional TV room/office with over 1,800 square feet. Construction is brick veneer and extra thick fiber-cement siding. The 800 square-foot studio has a full bathroom and can serve as an office, guest suite or exercise studio. The two buildings occupy a flat 6,000 square-foot lot; the two-story house aligns with the separate studio building in the back. Both buildings open onto a fence-enclosed lawn, terraces and gardens.
Want to enjoy this fireplace space the next time it snows, call or email me for more details, pricing or a private showing.
Photos by Tod Connell.
The Oregonian’s Bridget Otto highlights Modern Capital as a Resource for Mid-Century Modern Real Estate. Modern Capital is a resource not only for those in D.C. but others around the country looking for information on mid-century modern real estate and design.