AIA Asheville | 2016 Design Awards

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.15.03 AMHi Folks! It is almost time for the AIA’s Annual Design Awards. I got a peek at all the 40 some regional entries last night at our board meeting. There are some cool designs entered in the competition. The outdoor event is $25 for General Admission which includes beer, wine and heavy nibbles. The 30 minute awards portion will be presented via a cool multi-media projection. Come and enjoy this outdoor ceremony at the City County Plaza. For tickets and information go here. Come and join us Modern Mixer crowd. Cheers!

Modern Monday | Under Construction

Grif CompHave you driven by Beaver Lake recently? You might have noticed the new modern home under construction on Merrimon Ave. The home is the vision of local architect Robert Griffin that he has designed for a custom client. The details of the home, including these renderings he sent to us, will be featured in the Fall edition of Carolina Home and Garden magazine. Check it out next month. Cheers and have a great week!unnamed-1

Sunday Morning Modern | Ryhthm in Architecture

The German philosopher Freidrich von Schelling said, “Architecture is music in space as if it were frozen music” while Plato stated, “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Even without knowing it as a young boy I was fascinated by rhythm used in the design of buildings. For me it is the breath of life for most constructions. Here is a photo of my grade school by modern Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 6.29.26 AMarchitect Ed Barnes as featured in Life magazine in 1965. The repetitive massing and lines distinguishing functional volumes, as well as, flooding the spaces with indirect natural light. Other childhood examples included the church by Eliel Saarinen across from our central library and the telephone switching station one block from that.Comp o1

As human beings we are naturally drawn to experiencing things that are done in a rhythm such as music, dance, poetry; where time and movements are coordinated. Rhythm, or repetition, through design can be generated by a harmonious sequence of structural components, a pattern of masses alternating with voids, a sequence of light alternating with shades or shadows, and alternating colors or textures. Like in music rhythm in design naturally evokes emotion without cognitive awareness. Order and flow create harmony. ryhthm

Locally, we have many classic examples. Take a look at our art deco buildings. It is easy to see the breakdown of rhythmical patterns limited to building fenestrations both horizontally and vertically.phill crop

Moving to more modern examples I draw from my hikes around UNCA starting with the university’s original building Phillips Hall. Constructed in 1961 and designed by SIX Associates the building layers rhythms experientially as you walk up the stairs and into the interior via its structural columns, window walls, railing and even light placement. There I’m reminded of the Bauhaus interpretation of building as machine. Overllook comp

One of my favorite contemporary buildings in Asheville is Overlook Hall. Completed in 2012 the facade of this residence hall portrays a more poetic pattern or rhythm that suggests that each individual student has their own unique placement or viewpoint within the mass fabric of being a student on campus. They are both unique and the same at once. carlton comp

A more sophisticated residential example is Carlton Architecture’s Slickrock House in the Mountain Air community shown below. There are many complimentary patterns and rhythms working together: standardized structural supports, a roofline emphasizing various volumes of space and light, window mullions and surface patterns. Much like an artist, musician or poet — a designer has to work back and forth balancing the realities of materials and elements with a more intuitive sense of balance and flow until a natural harmony is achieved.Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 10.09.59 PM

Late architect Michael Graves said, “I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.” So, the next time you think of a building as static and all engineering based you might want to take a deeper look. Perhaps you might even hear it.

Want to see more modern examples of rhythm in architecture? Yep — we have a Pinterest page for that, too. Have the best Sunday ever. I know we will if you stop and see us at the Flea for Y’all today. Bring an umbrella. Cheers!

Flea for Y’all Tomorrow

13165975_495585930629933_6166293807108001181_nHi Folks! It is almost the end of the month which means the Flea for Y’all is this Sunday at the Salvage Station. Yeah! We look forward to getting back to the river with all our friends and their cool vintage, mid-century and industrial treasures. Have breakfast or lunch while you are there and stop by and talk to us, Kelly and Troy, about Shelburne Woods, our new mini-development, and all our other cool listings. Go here for more details. Cheers!screen-shot-2016-06-23-at-6-06-23-am

FOR SALE | Fairview Contemporary Farmhouse

Main4 Beds | 3.5 Bths | Bonus Room and Basement | 3053 sqft | 1.59 acres

This striking and spacious contemporary farmhouse style home is on private lot in beautiful Brush Creek. The home has great flowing, professionally designed interiors by Sally Spiegel that have been fully updated for today’s lifestyle Compincluding a new European kitchen and baths. The master suite is on main level with beautiful modern bath and closets. The upper level has 3 bedrooms, bonus room with closet and 2 baths on upper level. The basement is full-sized and unfinished for flexibility and storage.Outdoor

The private yard has been professionally designed and landscaped by Siteworks Studio to create a lush oasis for relaxing and entertaining including an outdoor spa tub and play equipment.

For more see the tour here or give Kelly and Troy a call for more information.

Capturing a Modern Masterpiece

Bill MooreI had to post this photo that architect Tom Lawton captured of Kelly and I touring a circa 1974 Bill Moore designed home. Having both come from the entertainment industry the entire home played like a theatrical set with interesting and layered perspectives from every angle. This perfectly captures what we love about what we do. Thanks Tom. Cheers!