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Sunday Morning Modern

Remembering  Zahaimages

We couldn’t let the week go by without mentioning the passing of architect Zaha Hadid. Kelly and I were discussing her work Friday morning in our office and how much we enjoy her groundbreaking and freeform designs. Having an architecture colleague who has worked for her since college I have enjoyed seeing the abstract skeletons of structures rise from the ground on various construction sites across the world via his Facebook page. If you have a moment this morning below are some places you can reflect on her inspirational work. We hope you enjoy!

NPR – Winning the Pritzker Architectural Prize

DEZEEN – A Life in Buildings

NY Times – Female Architects on her Significance52852152e8e44e8e7200015f_heydar-aliyev-center-zaha-hadid-architects_hac_exterior_photo_by_hufton_crow_-1-


Samsel Architects | Contemporary Concept Home

Modern-Concept-House-DrivewayCheck out this concept for a contemporary mountain home from our friends at Samsel Architects. The home blends minimal and clean lines with a site appropriate layout for a typical Asheville homesite. For the full story go here. Enjoy!

Brick | The Quiet Hero

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 — Columbus Brick Compbrick 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.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. home-brick-ranch-plan-beautiful-and-stone-exterior-51706Though 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!

70’s Style Mountain Cabin

581004-2Kelly and I toured this 70’s contemporary home on Saturday with a couple of our modern clients. It has long been one of our favorites sitting just out of reach in the hills north of Grove Park Inn. The efficient home didn’t disappoint given it’s layered, experiential layout connecting private gardens, to living spaces to treetops and the Asheville city view beyond. The IMG_8074architect, William Moore, originally built the home for himself and his wife in 1973. It was then constructed for $42,000. Moore was the designer for the IMG_8073Unitarian Church on Charlotte St near the Grove Park Inn.

Southern Living Magazine originally published the design and plans of the home. Following, publication he sold plans to many others who wanted to create this simple living space for themselves. The home showcases one of his signature design features of a dominate roof. He told me, “Roofs are traditionally cheaper to maintain and replace.” So he dedicates maximum square footage to the roof in containing interior spaces.

Artist George Peterson

IMG_3270During a recent trip to Brevard I was finally able to meet with artist George Peterson. It has been a year since I stumbled upon his work in an Asheville venue and I was an immediate fan. I witnessed five skateboards mounted in a row that had been cut, burned, scarred and painted as tribal art. The iconic, pop culture shapes had been put through destruction and rebirth giving them an immediate and powerful new story that holds my attention even today.

Geoge’s studio occupies a mid-century church building in the Arts District of Brevard. The sanctuary has been built out as a skate boarding and performance venue while the adjacent rooms are filled with his equipment and materials. He calls himself a “working class” artist and dedicates himself from 8 to 5 daily on his craft there.George Comp

George is self-taught. His influences are Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, Finn Juhl, Bob Stocksdale, tribal art and punk rock. The combination of influences from 100-year-old tribal art, 80’s California to the Western North Carolina mountains and interior fashion today make them from a time period and world all of their own. His graphic and rhythmic twist to classic wood-turning gives his pieces a rawness and vulnerability that evoke history and narrative. For me, it takes an intuitive hand to craft something that offers subtle complexity masked by simplicity. In George’s hands, Punk is reinvented and becomes a timeless and sophisticated art form.

George’s work will be showcased in a new show later this month at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in downtown Asheville. For more on his work visit his website.