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Studio Robert Gurney Architect‘s Franzen House is a home with two faces. Viewed from the street, it’s a typical two-level home; seen from its backyard, though, the home reveals itself as a four-storey volume, with the lower levels built into the steeply sloping site of its Mohican Hills location, one of Bethesda’s coveted neighborhoods.

The home was designed, according to the studio, as “a series of experiences that lead you away from the street and ultimately into a tranquil environment to enjoy the serene, wooded landscape.” The architects definitely deliver on this promise, starting from the bridge that extends from the street to the dwelling’s main entrance, where one can’t help but pause to take in the stunning forest views from the expansive windowed facade of its double-height living space

The woodland side of the house is fronted mostly by glass, framing composed views of the landscape across four levels. A number of decks and balconies are attached to each floor, encouraging visitors to commune with the outdoors.

With its wood-clad exteriors protected from harsh weather changes by a Shou Sugi Ban finish, Franzen House perfectly integrates itself into the breathtaking forested landscape. 

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Franzen House Robert Gurney Architect
Franzen House Robert Gurney Architect
Franzen House Robert Gurney Architect
Franzen House Robert Gurney Architect
Franzen House Robert Gurney Architect

Photography © Anice Hoachlander for Robert Gurney Architect

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