höweler + yoon architecture: 10 degrees house höweler + yoon architecture: 10 degrees house
nov 08, 2012

höweler + yoon architecture: 10 degrees house

’10 degrees’ by howeler and yoon architecture, virginia, USA all images courtesy of howeler and yoon architecture

höweler + yoon architecture has completed the ’10 degrees house’ in arlington, virginia, responding to a difficultly narrow site and economical budget to maximize site lines and privacy while staying within setback regulations. located on a sloping site, the angled section matches the plan, cutting away at a 10-degree angle to open up space for a side courtyard hidden within the house providing a private exterior space shielded from the street and a void to bring in natural light to the center of the mass. the incline of the property created the opportunity to cleverly design a full floor, walk-out basement, two half floors and an extra room over the garage. the warm glow of the interior provides a contrasting color to the grey cement board panels that envelope the residence. a custom aluminum handrail runs along the edge of the property line, protecting the stone-paved patio with a japanese maple tree and stepping concrete pools with cascading water, offering a moment of meditative peace within a suburban context.

the american firm recently won the AUDI urban future award 2012 for their ‘boswash’ project which looks to creating a system which interconnects existing modes of transportation between boston and washington to enhance inhabitants’ experience of commuting between living and work. see designboom’s coverage of their plan here.



glass doors around the courtyard extend the interior to the exterior


trough of water

stepped concrete ponds


main living space and kitchen next to the courtyard

extra mezzanine above garage

interior stairs

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2





  • Coool! 😀

  • I like the strategy of “Pearls In Cardboard Box” ala Khan and Scarpa, the wood floor is unfortunately incongruent…probably a client insistence.

    Chaszr says:
  • nice to see a lived in space rather than just architectural rooms cold and uninhabited like so many here on designboom. thank you. http://www.paedra.com

    Paedra says:
  • What a lovely home and beautiful bright spaces. i am one of those people that like the cement board.
    Your materials choices are wonderful.
    Congratulations to all.

    Ron Smith says:

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