I took some time to explore the Ramble Preview Center on Sunday. I know it is one of Kelly’s favorite buildings here, but somehow I have failed to visit until now. After spending some intimate time with it I can see why it is so highly regarded. It is a perfect blend of forest meets mountain meets modern with a bit of Asian craftsmanship thrown in. As I have been working to define a Modern Asheville vernacular this helps me get there.
The building was designed and constructed as a partnership between local designers at Samsel Architects and Seattle based Cutler Anderson. The preview center was created to challenge the audience to rethink the concept of historical integration by echoing the philosophies of its founder, rather than the literal repetition of hundred year old design originated by the Vanderbilts. Attention to craftsmanship is present throughout from construction joints to stonework.
While the building and its details are inspiring, I was also struck at the conscious choices of art and furnishings. The thoughtful blend in modern and traditional furnishings plays lightly in the environment providing luxury that seems timeless. Like any site specific design not brought in from elsewhere combined with traditional and modern design elements the building and site have an overall timeless quality. Design and Timelessness are smart messages to send to the real estate audience looking at The Ramble as their future home.
For you Kelly….Enjoy!