The influence of construction on design and design on constructon is the fundamental premise that shapes our process and defines our design approach.
The Crabill Residence presented an opportunity and a challenge. The clients were interested in at progressive, energy efficient, thoroughly contemporary home that supported their live/work lifestyle and fit their modest budget. So, with the goal of making innovative modern design accessible to a broader range of families, we set out to create a unique living space on the client’s five-acre property in a clearing amidst a lush forest. It was important to avoid disturbing the natural environment and to accommodate the surrounding wildlife.
We began with a compact rectangle and divided the plan functions into quadrants to use the land in an efficient and economical way. hen, we challenged and re-envisioned the box (or the typical spec plan) based on the patterns of use and lifestyle of our client. These transformations created a plan hierarchy, where the more important spaces grew larger. These operations began to push and pull the building’s protective skin, creating dynamic elevations. The resulting form was a simple box, protected and augmented by an inexpensive but highly articulated shell. This box, wrapped in a skin of solid and perforated cor-ten steel, acts as a visual screen, rain screen, canopy, and sunshade. The home, with elements resembling an old barn, is a constantly evolving element in the landscape.
“As time goes forward, we’re catching up to the past, in a way,” says the homeowner.
The architectural composition is informed by a reading of the context, materials, and forms of this region. We used simple, inexpensive materials and references to agricultural structures in a modern architectural composition to reflect the verdant surroundings. he weathered cor-ten steel exterior, inspired by old farm sheds, is both solid and perforated and is a constantly evolving element in the landscape.
2012 AIA NC Merit Award 2012 AIA Triangle Residential Tour Award 2012 NCSU Architecture Accreditation: Faculty Exhibit 2012 Dwell Houses We Love: Region of Honor March 2011 TMH Hillsborough Modernism Tour 2011 SparkCon Exhibit 2016 AIA Triangle - Merit Award