Tag Archives: architecture

2019 Modern Tour Submissions

Hi All. This week is our last call for submissions for our Modern Tour. The folks at the Atlanta Design Festival and Modern Asheville are partnering again to host the annual Architecture Tour in Asheville, NC on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am – 4pm. We are looking for 5-6 excellent contemporary and modern projects to showcase. Projects will be published in the MA Design is Human Book and Tour Guide. 

Please include a description of the project including full address, architects, developers, designers, landscapers, etc. and photographers (if needed). Description should include special features and details of the home, LEED or Green features, plan design, any before and after information, etc. You can submit details HEREOnce the Design Festival folks receive your submission, MA! will reach out for photos and completion of the Tour contract. 

Did you see last years tour? If not take a quick look here! Give us a call if you have any questions. Thanks for your interest. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Hotel Design | Placemaking for Locals

In discussing our changing downtown conversations, as we often do, always lead to the hotels and whether or not development is pushing locals out. Is there a way to accommodate both tourists and locals and is our current development doing that? While that is a challenging question, here are some interesting articles from hoteliers looking at that issue. Go here for Metropolis Magazine. Here. Also, here and here. Note that most of these articles are from the Hotels perspective creating and adding experiences to bring locals and doesn’t necessarily address the bigger urban planning aspect of what residents need downtown for living and working.

Modern Monday

SNOW DAY! If you are living in Asheville you already know it is a snow day here. While our typical winters see light snows that last around 24 hours we were treated to a beautiful winter wonderland worthy of a Bing Crosby tune. So, while you are romancing this day, if you are able, enjoy some inspirational mountain escapes both here and here and just a little more here.  Wishing you a safe and cozy day tdaoy. Cheers!

Modern Asheville | Top Producers

Yeah! October was another great month. As we head toward the holidays know how grateful we are for our friends and clients who have made it another tremendous year for us here at Modern Asheville Real Estate. Cheers to you! Troy and Kelly

Sunday Morning Modern

Kelly and I had the privilege of touring this home twice during construction right up until completion, along with, Elihu and Michael of Siegman Associates. As always, their ability to design with the site in mind stood out. The house flowed with the contours of the site both taking advantage of views and creating private garden spaces to maximize the indoor/outdoor living that we treasure here in WNC.

Carolina Home and Garden Magazine speaks to this in their article here. Pour some coffee and wander through this morning. And don’t forget the Beaverdam Art Tour later today. Cheers!

Architect Robert Venturi

Notable American Architect Robert Venturi recently passed away at the age of 93. For me he was a household name and figure I grew up with having driven by a local fire station he designed almost everyday in my youth in Columbus, Indiana. 

The New York Times wrote this week: For much of the 20th century, “serious” architects, led by Le Corbusierand Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, favored unadorned surfaces and strictly geometric forms. But in his treatise “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture,” published in 1966, Mr. Venturi argued that ornament, historical allusions and even humor had a place in modern architecture. The book was a retort to Mies’s assertion that “less is more.” “Less is a bore,” Mr. Venturi wrote.

To see an overview on Venturi go here.

Modern Mixer Tonight

We spoke to Florence and she says, “Let’s mix it up tonight!”. Come by between 5 and 7pm and visit this Mod home here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

The Cabin

This past Labor Day got us thinking about escaping into nature. What is more natural given the beautiful environment we live here in Asheville? Today’s modern cabin has lost its Lincoln Log look and has evolved in every direction under the tree filtered sun. We’ve long been collecting architectural inspiration at Modern Asheville on our Pinterest page. So, relax and go here and slip quietly into cabin dreamland. Happy Hump Day!

Modern Monday

How about this bit of inspiration from the west to start off your week? 

Teton Valley Residence | American studio Ro Rockett Design has completed a family retreat in the wilderness of Idaho, which sits on a stone base to avoid flooding and provide the best views of the surrounding landscape. See the rest here and have a great week. Cheers!

Sunday Morning Modern

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon | How about this place for a dreamy escape? Basalt Architects recently completed this cool hotel at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort. Check out the full article from dezeen daily here and have a sweet Sunday. Cheers!

Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright

In honor of one of our most celebrated architects we thought it would be worthwhile sharing, once again, one of our favorite posts on the man himself.  Cheers!

1953 Frank Lloyd Wright interview by Mike Wallace | I scoured the internet for something of interest to watch last night. It is not always very fruitful, but this time I found something “fantastic” — at least from my viewpoint. If you’ve never seen this before I’m happy to share this treasure with you today. His belief in individualism and his views on the lack of intellectualism and “mobocracy” hit home today. I won’t say more, but simply encourage you to spend 50 minutes to watch this interview with a true visionary who is, obviously, very comfortable in his own skin. Enjoy the segment here . Cheers!

2018 Matsumoto Prize | Time to Vote!

Good Morning Folks! Voting is open for the 2018 George Matsumoto Prize with North Carolina Modernist Houses. A few of our local architects and designers have entries this year including; Russ Nicholson, Retro+Fit Design and Siegman Associates. Check out all the entries here and vote for your favorite. Cheers!