Nestled in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Linnean House is classical in both plan and elevation throughout its award-winning house plans. The main mass, comprising of the most formal and public spaces, is a spatial triptych along a symmetrical main axis. Inside the luxury home, the limestone façade, simple but well-proportioned with classical elements, extends itself into both the entry portico and main foyer with consistent proportions and materiality. This introduction allows the flanking living and dining rooms to be perceived as separate pavilions, each equipped with eight equal-proportioned French doors symmetrical of the main axis.
Beyond the classical spaces are two wings which lead to the master suite and a kitchen/family space, respectively. Both of which are situated to queue from the French door axis, a focal feature in the repeatedly published home design. At the entry foyer, the stark stone luxury architecture is warmed by two symmetrical wood armoire-like freestanding sculptural objects, a persistent theme throughout the luxury house. In the kitchen, for instance, stand four similar wood armoire objects at opposite corners that act as columns and help give this space a sense of boundary and enclosure. The master bath vanity, in similar fashion, is introduced as a central free-standing form anchoring itself as a notable presence in the space. Lastly, the wine room is designed as a series of free-standing heavy wood cavity walls spanned only by a hint of glass.
The armoire theme throughout the luxury home design, set in a backdrop of classical proportions, are consistent in both detailing and proportions of trim, windows, paneling, and the main stairway up to the guest floor. This staircase, centered upon a cross axis bisecting the entry foyer, living space, and formal dining, is in itself an architectural object, freestanding only in its continual movement upward.
Architecture/Architectural Interiors: Donald Lococo Architects
Interior Design/Architectural Interiors: Thomas Pheasant
Landscape Architect: LSG Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Contractor: Horizon Builders
Photographer: John Cole