Tap House

 
 
 

The story of Taphouse begins with the garage.   The garage, which is one of four interconnected 150 year-old structures on a corner lot nestled between Frederick Law Olmstead’s Patterson Park and Baltimore’s historic waterfront, has grown to become a thriving, unofficial social hub for the neighborhood since the property was acquired by the  current owners in the mid 90’s.

Rising above the street, the formstone was peeled away to reveal the traditional masonry mass and rhythmic punched fenestration common to the surrounding context. Centrally, the masonry volume recedes to permit the addition of a dark platonic wooden cube which ends the house proper and appears to hover over an intimate exterior courtyard. 

 

Location
Baltimore MD

Year
2017

Area
4,000 sqft

Amenities
2 Master Suites
Exterior Courtyard
Roof Terrace

Awards
2018 AIA Maryland Merit Award
2018 Annapolis Home Magazine Design Excellence
2017 AIA Chesapeake Bay Merit Award
2017 AIA Maryland People Choice

 
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Strategy

the surgical removal of one of the three original row homes creates an exterior room in which the energy of the garage could seamlessly connect to the living spaces.

 
 
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Spatial Obstructions

 
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Spatial Resolution

 
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Subtraction

 
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Addition

 
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