On the eastern shore of the river, the three-storey house emerges from the tree-lined shoreline in an interplay of sharp angles and soft curves. Designed by architect Jason Winters of Kezlo Group, the home in Annapolis, Maryland stakes a quietly commanding presence on the banks of the South River. Moving glass walls and windows by Western Window Systems help define the striking home with a sense of unencumbered openness.
According to Winters, the sleek windows are at the heart of the design. “The main feature of the house is a large angled interior atrium space that is open to all three floors and acts as a view corridor pointing down the South River,” says Winters. “It was paramount to the success of the design for this portion to be open,” he adds, highlighting the “multiple large glass sections of irregular shapes set at an angle leaning outward in the plane of the exterior facade.”
Free of mullions and bulky frames, the bespoke full-pane glass negotiates the home’s signature angles with streamlined precision. It’s an elegant look that does not come at the expense of efficiency and functionality.
From the hinged and multi-slide that open onto outdoor living spaces, to the panoramic fenestration that spans multiple floors, the home’s windows mitigate solar heat gain, while creating a thermally efficient envelope for the winter months.
“The operable windows within the Western Window Systems did not detract from the clean contemporary aesthetic,” says Winters, with the smaller installations matching “seamlessly with adjacent larger fixed windows.”
On a waterfront site, the windows were carefully configured to balance openness and comfort. “It was paramount that the glass and glazing systems provide effective tolerance from heat gain,” says Winters.
The customizable aluminum frames provided the versatility necessary to create a uniquely sculpted and sun-filled home, all while offering a durable, low-maintenance solution with superior thermal performance compared to wood and vinyl alternatives. It’s a striking space – particularly when the sun pours in through the windows.
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Irregular shapes and moving walls of glass create surreal riverside views.