Location: St. Regis Residences, Atlanta, 21st floor
Contractor: Robert Soens, Pinnacle Custom Builders
An extension of an existing residence at the St. Regis hotel to host entertaining spaces and a large master suite. Rich materials such as ebony macassar wood paneling, Fortuny drapes, silver brown wave granite, dark colors and dramatic, but subtle lighting with art of artists such as Todd Murphy and Aaron Morse create moody and relaxing experience with a touch of mystery.
A 1950s ranch style house converted into an open-planned, contemporary home. Site constraints influenced many of the design decisions; a walled courtyard transitions guests and homeowners from the public street and front yard to the private interior, while a narrow back yard and tight setbacks necessitated a second story master suite. A rooftop deck was added as a bonus to the second floor, as well as a living room off of the front of the house, sheltering the deck from the street.
The biggest challenge with this project was developing a design that could transform an old Pizza Hut into something completely new while creating a space that captured the Texas BBQ vibe the client envisioned. The smoke house and chopping table are both featured as part of the theatre of BBQ experience. The food is amazing so we knew our design needed to be too!
Working with an existing space and specific programmatic needs, in this case, meant doing a lot with just a little square footage. The result for Sweet Charlie’s is a bright, clean, and welcoming space accented by white washed wood siding and pops of ice cream art. Both the client and contractor were a pleasure to collaborate with on this project, so the quickness with which the design phase, permitting, and construction were completed was made all the more satisfying.
The Water Tower Stacks
The Water Tower Stacks are located in Atlanta’s Historic Old Fourth Ward, right on the edge of Old Water Tower Park near the Eastside Beltline Trail. This townhomes project consists of 10 units offering contemporary architecture dwelling experience with incredible views of downtown Atlanta. The Water Tower Stacks were designed in collaboration with Epic Development.
Location: Campbell Cove Lake, TN
Contractor: Marc Nicholson, Nicholson Home Builders
Campbell Cove Lake House near Ducktown, Tenessee, consists of three independent structures (main house, bunk house, and garage). The modules are held together under a single roof triangulating between desired heights of individual spaces and nodes. The folded structure of ridges and valleys evokes the forms of the mountainous landscape around it, prompting the idea of the structure rhyming with it's context. The breezeway frames the lake view and a key outdoor place sequence encompassing an observation deck, a screened-in porch, garden, and a terrace anchored by a sculptural fire place.
Situated on a hill overlooking Lake Oconee, this two-thousand square foot vertically zoned home has a small footprint, limiting its impact on the landscape, and offers views of the lake to every room. The stacked spaces create hierarchy of privacy allowing the owners and guests to ascent from the intimacy of the bedrooms to the social entertaining and dining spaces, culminating with the open roof terrace. Complete with a garden and outdoor kitchen, the roof provides a special connection to the treetops and the uninterrupted panorama of the lake and countryside. The house is designed to ventilate naturally, drawing cool air off the lake and up though the stair tower.
World Architecture Festival - Finalist | American Institute of Architects - Georgia Chapter - Merit Award >> | American Institute of Architects - Atlanta Chapter - Merit Award
Site | Heavily wooded, steeply sloped, 54 acre wooded lot on Highland Gap Road in North Carolina. A small creek cuts though the northern edge of the site and flows to the Middle Creek, less than 1/2 mile away. Clients | Retirement age couple, downsizing Programmatic Strategy | Eccentrically zoned, compact vertical Formal Strategy | The overall form of the house is predicated on three factors: - Eccentric pallete of center points based on placement of tree trunks - Maximum solar gain derived from a carefully calibrated solar geometry - Air flow capture and connection to the geologic and environmental qualities of the site Hot Side/Cool Side | The upper windward side of the house faces uphill and directly south. An array of framed solar louvers wrap the so called “hot” side of the house, generating enough electricity on average daily basis to light the house. The stair serves as a vertical ventilation shaft, using the hot side of the house to magnify thermal movement on warm days during the swing season. The lower windward side of the house faces a small creek with the view extending towards a river basin. With predictable sir current in the mountains, the orientation captures cool air traveling up the hill. Windows serve as soft articulated apertures to emphasize air flow across smooth ceilings. Energy Kit | Ultra efficient energy generating kit with positive energy generation over a 12 month cycle. PV: Monocrystalline silicon panels, moderately ventilated, south orientation and inclination of 45º on southern wall. 0,12 ~0,18 Kpk KW/m2 with a minimum package density of 80% Cooling system | Multisplit system with COP = 2.9 Heating system | Heat pump + radiant floors, estimated conservatively at COP = 1. Mechanical supply and exhaust of air @ 0.35 ACH. Heat exchange plates and/or pipes. 20% exhaust air recirculation. Tight envelope @ 0.4 ACH Sensor controlled lighting | Lighting intensity = 5 W/m2. Evacuated tube solar collectors with direct ow system (hot water) 30 m2, facing south @ 30º inclination on roof Water Conservation | Two 1000 gallon cisterns located at east and west side of house Energy Calculations | Ultra efficient system with 80-95% energy generation balance over a 12 month cycle. Structure | CIP reinforced concrete with tube steel bracing at pressurized wall system Wind Veil | 3/8” diameter stainless steel beads on the cool side Envelope | Interchangeable pressurized panel system Aluminum Clad SIP, Reyaears Doors and Windows, Hydrotech Roof system
Location: St. Regis Residences, Atlanta, 21st floor
Contractor: Robert Soens, Pinnacle Custom Builders
Private elevator access, sweeping views of the Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta, and an eclectic mix of highly collectable antiques are all key ingredients of this spectacular 21st floor residence in Atlanta’s St. Regis Hotel. Artwork includes pieces by: Picasso, Todd Murphy, Jean De Merrie, Robert Longo, Barbara Amour, Michelle Schuff, and other noted Atlanta artists. Antiques include a circa 1935 Jules Lelue dining room set, a Tang Dynasty terra cotta horse, a period Czechoslovakian art deco side board, and antique gaming pieces. New furniture and collectibles are from Ligne Roset, R. Hughes, Moattar Rugs, Travis and Co., Jerry Pair. 4200 sf, completed in 2013.
Druid Hills House
Constructing new homes in historic urban neighborhoods presents many challenges, and 1211 Oakdale is no exception. In designing a new home over an existing ranch footprint, we redefined an archetypal style to create a home that embraves the contemporary tastes of the owner while respecting the fabric of the neighborhood.
An intelligent plan elimanates waste by making all spaces, including circulation, livable. The owners' love of entertaining led to the creation of large social spaces which flow from the interior to the exterior. The social aspect is heightened by aperatures that create visual connections between all spaces, to the exterior, and fill the interior with light.The program of the house also includes a library, wine cellar, art studio, gallery, and gardens.
Landscape: Douglas Allen, ASLA | Contractors: Innovative Building, Inc; Atlanta, GA | Location: Atlanta, GA | Completed: Winter 2001
Virginia Highland Art Studio
Site | 1/3 acre, gently sloping in a 1920's East Atlanta neighborhood, with an existing 1100 sf cottage nestled among beautiful, mature hardwoods.
Program | A recently married, professional couple (both working for non-profit companies) with similar creative interests: one is a painter, one works in clay. Working with a very limited budget, the program called for a large, connected space of approximately 800 s.f. which would accomidate both mediums as well as serving as a social nexus for entertaining. The painter requested a loft; the potter a plinth. Environemntal response is literal, not rhetorical, and emphasizes a strong connection to the site.
Budget | $85,000 (with some sweat equity)
Contextual Response | The collection and storage of rainwater was part of the program, leading to a reconsideration of the existing house's form. An inversion of the formal and oredering elements of the original house was proposed.
Systems | Existing House -- Studio Foundation | Piers and wood joists -- Concrete Plinth Frame | Concealed -- Exposed Roof | Gable/Deflector -- Scupper/Collector Relation to Site | Elevated/Enclosed -- Grounded/Expansive Drainage | Incidental -- Intentional
Oakdale Urban Villa
This small urban villa is situated on the footprint of a circa 1970 condo. The redesign tripled the existing square footage and created a distinctive look with a strong street presence. The very limited site constrained the expansion, so the home grew vertically, while ensuring that the new residence was scaled appropriately for the adjacent homes. Living spaces occupy the second level overlooking the neighborhood and a small courtyard to the rear accommodates outdoor cooking and socials.
Low Cost Single Family
This design is the first price winning entry for the 2006 Sustainable Home Competition. The entry was to improve the quality of life of the people who will inhabit the space and provide flexibility with various living arrangements. The project budget was $125,000 requiring creativity in use of readily available materials and simplified construction techniques to provide a more customized home for the budget.
By carefully configuring the program of the house on the site, the solution created a variety of indoor and outdoor public, social and private spaces with the house becoming a Figure and not an Object. The front porch is a strong signifier at the community level and stretches across the front of the lot to elevate social relations, while at the same time providing carport for unloading groceries and people under cover of the house. With access from the front porch and the living room, the garden serves as a focal point for the social spaces of the house. Rainwater is stored in cisterns in both the front and the rear yard and distributed into the vegetable garden via drip lines in between rain showers. The site plan has been designed to comply with Xeriscape’s guidelines and suggestions for low water usage.
Air moves through the house in a variety of ways depending on the season. In the Spring and Autumn, a centrally located attic fan draws cool air in from both the social and private sides of the house through the Living Room. In the Winter, the house is zoned in such a way as to permit complete or partial heating. Windows facing south permit the low winter sun to heat the dining room and kitchen throughout the day.
The living room is the nexus of all activities in the house by interacting with every space on the site from the most public to the most private. Maximum flexibility is achieved by all load bearing walls at the perimeter of the house in every zone, maximum number of interior and exterior spaces, and services embedded along the side property lines allocating free and open space around the garden and grove. Moveable wall panels allow the house to adept to a variety of family sizes and social arrangements.