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MA2MA | 2017 Modern Home Tour

Did you miss it? We had another great modern home tour this past weekend kicked off by a Pre-Tour Mixer on Friday night at Splurge Design with the Modern Atlanta crew. This was our third year for the tour which grows yearly. 

Saturday, we had five homes open. Kelly and I cruised to all five of the mindfully designed modernist homes throughout Asheville. We saw lots of smiles out there. Here are some of the photos. Feel free to send us some of yours to add to our collection. 

SAVE THE DATE | If you missed this year’s tour feel free to sign up for information on next year’s tour here. We’ve already started our planning. Mark your calendars and keep up to date so you don’t miss it. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

The Hammock House

A Newly Completed Project by Samsel ArchitectsHammock-House-Sheep-Farm-Exterior-1200x720

Kelly and I have been watching the progress of this home from a distance. From the first concept sketch we have been fascinated by the simplicity and the romance of the pastoral environment. We are so excited to see the final product unveiled. Cheers to the Samsel team for such an appropriate and refined design! Now enjoy a few words from Samsel Architects. Hammock-House-Concept-to-Completion

Hammocks and an ancient oak tree were the organizing influences to the design of this modern pavilion home. The Hammock House sits on a 40-acre farm in Columbus, NC with several spectacular old growth oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant views to Tryon Peak. To take advantage of the dramatic oak trees, we carefully located the house on the land and oriented the living spaces around the tree locations.Hammock-House-Studio-Exterior-1200x720

The programming and space planning required unique design solutions based around our client’s close-knit extended family. The wife’s parents are also full-time residences in the home so designing the right balance of shared and private spaces for four adults was key to a high functioning design. The husband’s extended family comes to visit from South America for extended stays bi-annually, so the house was designed to structurally and spatially accommodate hanging hammocks so the family can stay together on the land when visiting.Hammock-House-Final-Update-Living-1

The single pitch shed roof concept originated as a modern interpretation of the utilitarian farm structures in the area. The main entry for the hammock house is at the low point of the roof and the ceiling height and roof slowly rise as you move through the public spaces of the house. A glass window wall and screen porch create a dramatic termination of the roof line as the living spaces open up to a view of the adjacent forest.Hammock-House-Final-Update-Hammock

Samsel’s Old Fort Cabin | 2nd in Reader’s Choice Award

Old Fort CompOne of Samsel Architects recently constructed modern cabins was voted 2nd in the Reader’s Choice Award with Fine Homebuilding Magazine. The home designed as a fly-fishing escape for clients was located to take advantage of the nearby creek in Old Fort. To see more, and most importantly to vote, go here. Congrats to Duncan and team, along with Alchemy Design. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Samsel Architects

Interview with Scott Huebner

The Architectural firm Samsel Architects was founded in 1985 by Jim Samsel in Asheville. From their informative and recently updated website one will find that the firm’s mission: “stewardship for the environment, community and client’s dreams” is what inspires their work.  On first impression, many of Samsel Architects’ projects have a pleasing assured quality – a quiet, respectful connection to their surrounding site. In talking with Scott Huebner, a project architect at Samsel Architects’ office, one discovers that these qualities often encompass larger efforts in attaining the right balance “between a strong connection to their Appalachian roots and a modern interpretation for today’s contemporary lifestyles.” One finds that the efforts behind many of Samsel Architect’s designs, both commercial and residential, are frequently the result a subtle and integrated layering of history, an understanding of place, and a progressive approach to sustainability.

Believing that technology is one key element in the design of efficiently operated and inhabited buildings, a current residential project on the boards at Samsel is slated to include a green roof and solar hot water panels.”  As clients begin to embrace these technologies, architects must take up the challenge to fully integrate them into our designs and still maintain our highest aesthetic standards.” says Huebner.  Samsel Architects believes the technology should not rule or drive the aesthetics of the projects, but they should be integrated, and allowing passive aspects such as solar heating and air cooling, natural daylighting, shading and proper building siting define the architectural or aesthetic qualities of their buildings.

Whereas we have a rich legacy of traditional building in the area, one finds that not all of Samsel Architects’ work simply relies on direct facsimile of this legacy.  Their projects’ connection to an Appalachian past can be seen in more innovative ways such as a strong integration of the local legacy of craftsmanship and the use of rich and earthen colors, and recognizable forms. “We have a great deal of respect for the craft and traditional building heritage of the Appalachian region, we view our work as a modern extension of this as seen in our use of timbers, stone, and other natural materials” says Huebner.  These elements are among the many which evoke a good sense of the richness of history without actually replicating that history. Each project  walks a fine line between that of the local vernacular and a modernism that is warm and inviting.  This successful approach gives a sense of  forward momentum coupled with an appreciation of the past on which they build for the future.  We look forward to seeing Samsel Architects’ next project come to fruition.

Interview and article by Nicolaas Wilkens, photos courtesy of Samsel Architects