Watershack Residence

Watershack Residence

Date: 2006 – 2007
Area: 1,527 ft² / 142 m²

Leonardtown, MD

The owners of a 1940’s waterfront single-story ranch – naming their property the “watershack” – approached Studio Twenty Seven Architecture with a desire to renovate their weekend getaway home. The existing building was dank and in poor condition, and did not take advantage of the available panoramic river views. Our architects proposed building a new house for the same cost of improving the old shack to fully realize the waterfront views on the property.

Challenged also to meet a modest budget, a kit-of-parts assemblage was employed to construct a two-story volume of prefabricated structural insulated panels referencing construction methods vernacular to the surrounding rural farmland.

Awards | Press

2009 AIA VA, Excellence in Architecture Award
2014 September/October ArchitectureBOIS
2014 Washingtonian, June
2014 Home & Design Magazine May/June issue
2011 150+ Residences in the World, Wuhan, China
2011 Great Wisdom in Small Space, Wuhan, China
2010 The Atlas of Living, Hong Kong
2010 Home Design and Architecture
2010 Home Feature, Australia
2010 Home Design News
2010 Fresh: Design and Architecture
2009 Chesapeake Home, April/May
2009 Washingtonian, March

All photos copyright Hoachlander Davis Photography

Watershack Residence Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Through placement and orientation, the house visually bridges the land and river – yet is conceptually disconnected from the site – floating several feet above grade on piles, implying notions of mass production and a riverside site.

Watershack Residence Studio Twenty Seven Architecture - Exterior