Cameron House
Silver Spring, MD
Fairfield Residential
Completed October 2010

15-story, 325-unit residential tower with 7,330-sf of ground floor retail space. Above and below grade parking for 390 vehicles. Amenities include a rooftop pool and clubroom.


The design for Cameron House aims to aesthetically complement the design of three new United Therapeutics office buildings to the north and east of the site, as well as tie into the urban design vision of Silver Spring. The character of the design is derived from the "edgy" urban aesthetic suggested by a revitalized downtown Silver Spring, and is aimed to attract a young professional population. The overall concept behind the modified T-shape layout of this residential building is to create maximum exposure for all units to both day lighting and views. A contemporary style is created through an abundance of glass and metal that pulls in and out of the main face of the building to create multiple corner conditions and private niches and balconies for the residential units.

The entry plaza opens to the northeast corner of the site in an attempt to enhance linkages between the public spaces on the site of the United Therapeutics buildings. The first floor of the building consists of retail space along the three most prominent and accessible sides of the buildings, and a lobby space that is set back from Cameron Street for privacy.

The massing of the building steps back from the fourth and fifth floors on the east side of the building to further define human scale, as well as create an architectural and programmatic variety for the lower levels. On the west side of the building the residential units are set back from the edge of the parking garage below to create a large terraced area on the fourth floor. These steps in the façade provide landscaped terraces that enhance the aesthetics of the building with additional green space. The 14th floor rooftop includes major amenities including a pool and sundeck connected to a clubroom.

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