I stopped by to visit the progress at Shelburne Woods, a new eco-friendly mini-community in West Asheville. The framing has begun on 51 Shelburne Woods and landscaping will be going in after Thanksgiving. Sweet! Give us a call if you want to know more or go here for more info. Cheers!
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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 architect 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Under Construction | Here is a quick peek at what David Way of Roost, Inc is currently working on. This 1900 sqft home anchored to the hillside of Chicken Hill is getting closer to completion. The interior spaces have high ceiling heights to add more light and vertical space to the efficient floor plan. Both the upper levels will have expansive viewing decks to increase the three season, livable space. The two rectilinear masses defining separate living spaces will be clad in complimentary materials. The lower mass is currently being wrapped in rough-sawn boards. Overall, a cool addition to our urban infill. Cheers!
“Earth Friendly” doesn’t have to be “Earthy.” Mindful modern design lives as lightly as any concerned steward of our planet plus a whole lot shinier. Clean design rooted in the form and function ideals of Breuer and Neutra avoids the gravity of excess. A home can be both incredibly cool and quietly step back creating a stage for carefree living. We like to say, “Less House ~ More Life!”
This community of nine consciously designed homes, Shelburne Woods, is nestled in nature against the woods and greenway and between the lively urban corridor of West Asheville and the active outdoor corridor of the French Broad River. The homes are a collaborative effort by award winner’s Mountain Sun Builders and Rusafova-Markulis Architects. Together they will be carefully crafted to steward a new level of life sustaining modern homes for active earth beings of any age.
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2035 SQFT | MLS#3176992
51 Shelburne Woods Dr is the first home to hit the market. The three level, quality home is designed with simplicity and maximum efficiency in mind. Open Main Level Living with both 2 bedrooms up and 2 down. The home’s placement is designed to maximum an urban style neighborhood while remaining private from the inside out. The homes are designed to be Green Built NC Platinum Rated and Net Zero.
Reach out to Troy and Kelly for more information on these cool new homes. Cheers!
Now that spring has arrived it is time to get out and enjoy all the natural beauty of our region. One of the more dramatic sites is Clingmans Dome where Kelly and Chett found themselves this past Saturday. There you’ll find the mid-century construction that is a true example of “Form follows Function” design. Built in 1959, the 45-foot concrete observation tower features a circular observation platform accessed by a spiral ramp. Designed by Hubert Bebb of Gatlinburg the tower’s modern design, especially the use of concrete as the primary building material, marked a departure from previous park structures that took a more rustic approach. Bebb’s original design did feature a stone tower with an observation deck on top.
Why Asheville Needs New Design Guidelines
Thanks to our colleague for pointing out this article to us by Laura Berner Hudson who serves on the Planning Commission. The article in Mountain Xpress reflects some of our sentiments here, but she expresses our need to better our city’s design criteria so much better — so let’s let her take over the dialogue. Click here for the article. Cheers!
Laura says,”When serious, authentic architecture is rejected in favor of simulacra, we exchange reality for a mythical past where everything is made to resemble what might have been. In turn, we blur the boundary between copies and genuine history. It is the elaboration of continuously changing ideas that makes a city truly authentic, and if we don’t embrace this vitality and diversity, we risk becoming a generic, theme park version of what we never were instead of an authentic manifestation of who we truly are.”
To check out more on SIX Associates visit our Pinterest page on the firm.
Check out the latest photos from Carlton Architecture on this contemporary mountain home they are constructing at Balsam Mountain Preserve. We love the articulation of the I-Beams contrasting cool steel with warm woods while exposing the simple structural components that happen to outline the quintessential symbol of house throughout the upper floor. Very cool! To see more photos go here.
Modern Asheville was invited to Asheville Grit’s One Year Anniversary Party last night at the, not yet opened, Smokey Park Supper Club for us all to get a sneak peak. The shipping container structure tucked in between the train rails and river will be opening soon and will be serving wine, signature cocktails and small plates. No doubt it will be a popular venue this summer. Thank you to the staff at WNC Magazine for hosting the fun event. Cheers!
Growing up in the Midwest in a town filled with modern architecture it was rare that a building did not make use of brick. From the churches by Eero and Eliel Sarrinen, the Robert Venturi fire station, I.M.Pei Library and our City Hall — brick was applied. No matter the building form, brick seemed to symbolize the solidity of earth, the steadiness of tradition and a quiet resilience over the effects of time. For me it is the “Steady Eddy” of architectural material and one that is often overlooked today. We accept it as a traditional material, but do we really understand its value? To dig deeper visit this page from the Brick Industry or watch this brief video.In contemporary Asheville we do have a few examples here on some of our latest hotels to blend contextually with some of our older buildings. Architect Larry Traber made use of it on his own home he built in 1965 on Horizon Hill.
As real estate agents who specialize in ranch homes to remodel our clients always appreciate the constructions wrapped entirely in brick over the ones where the material was only applied to the front architectural facade. The warmth, the texture and low maintenance aspect is appealing. Though they require some extra effort to adapt in terms of punching in openings to let in more light, the long-term benefits out weigh the cost in labor. Think about it — how often do you have to repaint brick, replace dry rot or pest damage? Compare the insulating value of clay to wood. For us it is the king of sustainability and ambassador of comfort. For inspirational examples of brick used in modern design visit our pinterest page here. And for those of you who say, “Brick is boring”, I hope you’ll look at it just a bit differently from now on and consider it for your next project. I know I will. Cheers!
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I came across this video this morning and wanted to share it. While it makes some good points I don’t necessarily agree with everything Alain says here. I appreciate the overall thinking and would love for us to follow a more European model with our urban growth.
His sixth point does hit home to me as we watch most of our newest construction coming from outside influences bringing corporate brands to Asheville blurring our unique identity. My question for us as a community is how can we accommodate this important growth while constructing buildings that are filtered by the values of Asheville itself? What is important to us? How do we maintain our own sense of place that has attracted us all to live and travel here? Think about it. Cheers! Troy