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Renowned Durham architect Philip G. Freelon FAIA, Lead Architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (built near the Washington Monument and the White House on the last building site on the National Mall), approached Sasha to assist in the creation of his personal residence.  Sasha collaborated in the design and executed all construction documentation and management.  The resulting home, built on a steep site on the shore of a small lake, contains a residence and detached garage studio situated on either side of a pond and cascading water feature.  Formal and informal entries are hi/lo and arrive at either end of a gallery.  The house is highly efficient, with a double-stud envelope and insulated slab and retaining wall, resulting in minimal thermal bridging and high R-values.  It also employs Universal Design principles and provides a first-floor master, providing all support spaces on the upper level.


Landscape Architect: Walter R. Havener, Surface 678.


Photo credits: Philip G. Freelon #1, #10-17.


Marilyn Peryer, Style House Photography, #4-9.


Sasha Berghausen, #2-3.