Charles Village Townhouse
This townhouse, located in the heart of Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood, was designed as a retirement home for a couple relocating from a suburban Washington, DC residence. Beyond moving back to the city to be near activity, the couple wanted to adapt a typical row house to reflect their strong commitment to environmental sustainability. As a result, the renovation was highly innovative. Solar panels heat the home’s water, with rainscreens forming exterior canopies. Triple-paned windows, a highly efficient AC scheme, and reclaimed building materials were utilized in the space.
The design is minimalist, reflecting the residents’ taste and simple lifestyle. Organized around a central atrium, light enters through fitted glass prisms. Air circulates through the space, regulating the temperature of the home. An open staircase, constructed with reclaimed oak, separates the front of the first floor from the living area and kitchen. The master bedrooms and studio are located off the atrium, below the main level. Throughout, simplicity, elegance, and sustainability are articulated.
Single Family Residence Renovation
Internal Team: Charles Alexander, Eric Lewis, Camila Ramirez
Design Team: Baltimore Green Construction (Contractor), Skarda and Associates (Structural)
AIA Baltimore 2010