Improving Upon Perfection: Apartment Zero Updates a Jacobsen Classic

Improving Upon Perfection: Apartment Zero Updates a Jacobsen Classic

Leah Moss
Oct 9, 2009

This may be a case where the old adage: "if it's not broke, don't fix it" doesn't necessarily apply. Agreeing to "update" one of renowned DC architect, Hugh Newell Jabobsen's, structures takes some guts, but the team at Apartment Zero proved to be up for the challenge, and thanks to Washington Spaces we get to see the result...

The young couple who hired Douglas Burton of Apartment Zero and his team to take on the iconic McLean, Virginia's home's interiors were devoted to the idea of preserving Jacobsen's vision for the home. With that in mind, they did not endeavor a full renovation. Rather their updates were chosen to enhance the already beautiful architecture. In one room wall to wall carpet was replaced with a white marble floor (picture 2), an unfinished lofted space was completed to mirror an existing office space reached by the original orange spiral staircase (picture 4), and each room was painted bright white with one dominant accent color rather than several busy punches so as not to compete with the remarkable architecture.

When Mr. Jacobsen created the home, on of his goal's was to infuse the space with light even though it was in the middle of a densely forested area. The crisp white interiors, clean-lined modern furniture, and brilliant spots of bold color throughout that the Apartment Zero team added certainly respect and heighten the light-drenched effect. Equally important is the approval of Mr. Jacobsen himself who is reported to have been delighted to have the deft Apartment Zero folks "lay hands on [his] work."

Check out more pictures of the remarkable home and the full Washington Spaces article by Jennifer Sergent here.

To learn more about Apartment Zero, check out our shopping guide post here.

To learn more about Jacobsen Architecture, visit their website.

(Images: Thomas Arledge for Washington Spaces)

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