Lead Architects: Richard Loosle Ortega, Janet Bloomberg “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses, Extension•Washington, United States Photographs: Paul Burke Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Alley Armor / KUBE Architecture Houses United States Save this picture!© Paul BurkeRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82WindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. This new outdoor deck and enclosure are perched atop an existing rear garage behind a DC row house. The Owners requested a private space for spending time and entertaining, with shade for the intense summer heat. A 6-story apartment building sits behind it across the alley, exposing the back and top of the deck to all the windows units.Save this picture!© Paul BurkeSave this picture!Situation PlanSave this picture!© Paul BurkeKUBE’s solution was to create a protective “armor” that shields the deck from outside views but allows for viewing out from the inside. The roof is solid at the back, keeping the deck cool in summer, but becomes increasingly open as it gets closer to the house.Save this picture!© Paul BurkeThe surrounding deck is a composition of layered metal, with a steel structural frame, Corten steel panels, perforated aluminum screens, steel railings, and stainless steel paneled roof. The rugged exterior is cohesive with the alley environment, where there is the diversity of forms, with mostly functional elements, such as AC units and garage doors. The deck enclosure is similarly straightforward, with each element serving a function – nothing is “decorative.”Save this picture!© Paul BurkeSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Paul BurkeOn the inside, however, it is warm and inviting, with Ipe decking and wood slats mounted to the roof structure. LED lighting integrated into the steel structure gives life to the deck after hours, when most entertaining takes place. A new steel staircase with metal grate treads connects the new deck to the house, as well as to a new courtyard at ground level, with Corten steel edging for planting and pond, as well as a Corten steel gate.Save this picture!© Paul BurkeProject gallerySee allShow lessSoriano House / Beyt Architects and Bac Estudio de ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsDOTS / Forrest Frazier + Architecture AFSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893476/alley-armor-kube-architecture Clipboard Manufacturers: McNichols, Brickhouse, Gaithersburg Glass Company, Metal Specialties 2016 Year: Save this picture!© Paul Burke+ 18Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyAbout this officeKUBE ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionWashingtonUnited StatesPublished on February 04, 2019Cite: “Alley Armor / KUBE Architecture” 04 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.