Taphouse

Baltimore, Maryland
By GriD
Location
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 4000
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 2
  • Nestled between Frederick Law Olmstead's Patterson Park and Baltimore’s historic waterfront, Taphouse emerges as a typical, unassuming, sixteen foot wide corner rowhouse common to the urban fabric. Not unlike many corner rowhouses in Baltimore, this unassuming building has anchored the intersection for over a century, serving generations as a small neighborhood market. Yet, despite the typological similarities, Taphouse shares with the countless other mixed-use corners of Baltimore the project is far from ordinary.

    The first evidence of the projects uniqueness is the street intersection itself, where the rowhouse resides not on a corner of two intersecting streets, but five. Created from the collision of the City’s cardinal grid and diagonal waterfront grid, the atypical intersection effectively exposes the entire 110’ long south facade to a public open space. From this urban improvisation, the rowhouse emerges with a prowess akin to an Italian palazzo or French hôtel anchoring a city square. Rising above the street, the composition is anchored by traditional masonry mass and rhythmic punched fenestration that blends with 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. The cube, clad with a heat-treated ash rainscreen, latches onto the masonry volume simultaneously framing one edge of an upper floor terrace and acting as the primary facade for the courtyard. The box is carved to reveal balconies strategically placed to take advantage of dynamic views towards the waterfront.

    Ironically, the most unique aspect of the house may not be the house itself. It is, in fact, a large 6-car garage just across the courtyard, which was the clients initial impetus for purchasing the property. It was intended to house their collection of vintage British cars, but organically evolved into a vibrant social not only for their home, but for the entire neighborhood. This unique public use of a typically private space occurred long before the renovation began. The design of the house, and its inherent civic presence, amplifies this unique relationship between the client and their neighbors. Large sliding doors open the garage into the courtyard, a reciprocal response to the garage creating an exterior space for entertaining. Flowing from the garage, across the courtyard and into the house, visitors encounter an expansive entertainment level on the ground floor which includes a storefront facing the western corner of the property. A grand stair, with precast concrete treads cascading down from the second floor, recalls again the tradition of the French hôtel elevating the main living spaces up to the second floor creating a bel étage (or piano nobile). The kitchen, with its rich wood cabinets recalling the exterior wood cladding, is highlighted by a custom metal ceiling which defines the space within the linear floor plate. Discreetly behind the kitchen, a second cascading precast concrete stair slips up to the third floor and the aforementioned roof terrace flanked by two bedroom suites.

    Throughout the house, sustainability is essential. The house is hydronically heated by a combination of radiant flooring and wall mounted radiant panels. A compact energy recovery ventilator (ERV) system provides fresh air and reduces energy use across all seasons. The entire exterior envelope is insulated using closed-cell spray foam insulation and the heat-treated ash rainscreen avoids chemical treatment of the wood and employs a water-based sealant. Significant roof areas are EPDM cool roofs (light reflecting) which reduce the heat island effect and are extremely durable.

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    Modern home with front yard, side yard, detached garage, wood, exterior, swing door type, wood fence, horizontal fence, casement window type, staircase, glass railing, and metal railing. Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD Photo  of Taphouse

    Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD

    Modern home with front yard, wood fence, trees, side yard, wood, exterior, swing door type, detached garage, horizontal fence, casement window type, staircase, metal railing, and glass railing. Tap House South Facade Photo 2 of Taphouse

    Tap House South Facade

    Modern home with front yard, side yard, trees, wood fence, horizontal fence, exterior, wood, swing door type, detached garage, casement window type, staircase, metal railing, and glass railing. Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD Photo 3 of Taphouse

    Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD

    Modern home with side yard, front yard, trees, wood fence, exterior, swing door type, detached garage, vertical fence, casement window type, staircase, glass railing, and metal railing. Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD Photo 4 of Taphouse

    Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD

    Modern home with front yard, side yard, horizontal fence, wood fence, swing door type, exterior, casement window type, glass railing, metal railing, and hallway. Heat-treated ash rain screen cladding Photo 5 of Taphouse

    Heat-treated ash rain screen cladding

    Modern home with side yard, wood fence, trees, horizontal fence, front yard, swing door type, casement window type, detached garage, staircase, and glass railing. Photo 6 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood patio, porch, deck, decking patio, porch, deck, metal patio, porch, deck, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, sliding door type, casement window type, staircase, glass railing, and metal railing. View of veranda and bridge Photo 7 of Taphouse

    View of veranda and bridge

    Modern home with sliding door type, swing door type, exterior, casement window type, staircase, and glass railing. Cantilevered glass balconies overlook the courtyard below while providing waterfront view. Photo 8 of Taphouse

    Cantilevered glass balconies overlook the courtyard below while providing waterfront view.

    Modern home with side yard, front yard, planters patio, porch, deck, horizontal fence, wood fence, swing door type, sliding door type, staircase, and glass railing. Photo 9 of Taphouse
    Modern home with swing door type, sliding door type, exterior, casement window type, staircase, and glass railing. Photo 10 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood cabinet, ceramic tile backsplashe, glass tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, medium hardwood floor, refrigerator, wall oven, recessed lighting, range, drop in sink, range hood, chair, sofa, windows, exterior, sliding door type, casement window type, and wood. Kitchen Photo 11 of Taphouse

    Kitchen

    Modern home with wood cabinet, glass tile backsplashe, medium hardwood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, recessed lighting, wall oven, refrigerator, ceiling lighting, range, drop in sink, range hood, chair, sofa, sliding door type, exterior, casement window type, staircase, and concrete tread. Custom metal ceiling defines kitchen Photo 12 of Taphouse

    Custom metal ceiling defines kitchen

    Modern home with wood cabinet, medium hardwood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, glass tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, refrigerator, track lighting, range hood, range, wall oven, drop in sink, chair, staircase, sofa, and glass railing. Photo 13 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood cabinet, medium hardwood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, glass tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, track lighting, range hood, wall oven, chair, doors, closet storage type, cabinet storage type, interior, wood, and swing door type. Access to pantry Photo 14 of Taphouse

    Access to pantry

    Modern home with wood cabinet, medium hardwood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, glass tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, track lighting, wall oven, recessed lighting, range hood, chair, closet storage type, cabinet storage type, doors, interior, swing door type, and wood. Photo 15 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood cabinet, glass tile backsplashe, ceramic tile backsplashe, medium hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, track lighting, refrigerator, range, range hood, drop in sink, chair, exterior, swing door type, wood, storage room, casement window type, and cabinet storage type. Photo 16 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood cabinet, medium hardwood floor, glass tile backsplashe, ceramic tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, refrigerator, track lighting, wall oven, range, drop in sink, range hood, swing door type, exterior, windows, wood, and casement window type. Photo 17 of Taphouse
    Modern home with wood cabinet, medium hardwood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, glass tile backsplashe, track lighting, recessed lighting, ceiling lighting, wall oven, range, refrigerator, range hood, drop in sink, chair, doors, wood, and swing door type. Photo 18 of Taphouse
    Modern home with small patio, porch, deck, decking patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, recessed lighting, chair, exterior, sliding door type, wood, staircase, metal railing, and glass railing. Photo 19 of Taphouse
    Modern home with drop in sink, accent lighting, enclosed shower, wall lighting, ceramic tile floor, two piece toilet, doors, swing door type, and interior. Photo 20 of Taphouse