LOCATION: INMAN PARK, GA (2008) TYPE: DESIGN/BUILD BUDGET: $1,475,000 SIZE: 24,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
These modern and comfortable intown condominiums boast of LEED Gold certification, establishing a unique new living environment. The design utilizes energy saving strategies, incorporates sustainable construction materials, maximizes natural daylight, and improves indoor air quality. The simple material palette creates a juxtaposition from the intricate language of Historic Inman Park, while embracing the simplicity of the surrounding industrial community. Each residence incorporates large sliding glass walls which open onto an sheltered outdoor living space, blurring the boundary between the private interior and the communal exterior.
The Lakeshore House
The Lakeshore House investigates the seminal architectural typology of the Primitive Hut. Following the spirit of Laugier’s allegorical model, the Lakeshore House utilizes the form of the most basic representation of “house”. The extruded, gabled box is the ubiquitous signifier of a child’s drawing. The form eschews ornamentation in favor of simplicity, focusing instead on essentialities and restraint, a minimalist solution to one of Man’s most basic needs: to shelter.
The Lakeshore House is located in the sought-after, in-town Lake Claire neighborhood. The property was considered a “throw away”, heavily confined by buffers and setbacks on all sides, and was acquired for a reduced fee. In addition to the typical front, rear, and side yard setbacks, the parcel is also constrained by two stream buffers (one bisecting the site), a sanitary sewer easement, and the boundary of the 100 year floodplain. The remaining buildable footprint for the entire quarter acre site measures barely 1500 square feet. To compound matters, the diminutive buildable area is located fully to the rear of the site, well behind the street edge created by the neighboring homes. A sharp grade change from the front of the site, across one of the existing streams and the sewer easement, meant that vehicular access to the house itself would not be possible.
The design solution called for a covered parking pavilion at the street level where a set of cast concrete stairs was cut into the slope to guide visitors down to the elevated steel bridge that traverses the smaller, front stream. Openings on the street facade of the house are minimal, limited to a single fixed window at the third floor bedroom and a solid, steel pivot door at the main entry in an effort to minimize visual connections to neighbors. The majority of openings are instead located at the rear of the house, capitalizing on views oriented across the second (and largest) stream at the rear of the house and to the wooded hillside immediately to the west.
The uppermost floor is comprised of secondary bedrooms separated by a shared bath, while the entire second floor is dedicated to the clients’ bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, and a small office/workspace. This leaves the ground floor living space largely open, spilling visually into the landscape beyond. The transparency of the screened pavilion at the rear (unbuilt) would extend this phenomenon, furthering the spatial connection between interior and exterior. Despite the house’s small 700 square foot footprint, the interior stair opens a well along its longest leg allowing air, light, and sound to move between the otherwise tight floorplates. This effect is further amplified by open risers and a series of custom welded steel guardrails that line the well.
Plateau West is a town home development being constructed in Loring Heights, just north of the successful lifestyle center of Atlanta’s midtown: Atlantic Station. The community will include 18 homes, arranged around a U-shaped drive, that boast impressive skyline views of Atlanta’s downtown. There will be four floor plans, each with three bedrooms and optional elevators. Other benefits of the development include: numerous rooftop decks per unit, a shared community courtyard, and in some instances, dual master suites. The modern design sets Plateau West apart from other semidetached communities nearby, and creates a unique sense of community for future homeowners.
Chelsea Westside is a townhome community located in the up and coming industrial area of west midtown in Atlanta. This neighborhood consist of 92 units focused on a central communal pedestrian courtyard featuring fountains, bocce court, fire pit, pool and pool house. The designs and materials reflect the palette of the industrious area and provide roof top terraces overlooking the street and courtyard.
The Milo is a small, luxury enclave made up of eight new townhomes located in the heart of Midtown, one of Atlanta’s most diverse and vibrant communities. Inspired by the architectural diversity of adjacent Ponce de Leon Avenue, these homes are bright, airy, Modern, and markedly unique. The site plan is arranged around a central bocce court, runnel, and a communal lawn; each working to encourage a sense of community within the linear cluster of homes. The overall design consists of two distinct unit types, each focused on maximizing functionality while being sensitive to a modern family’s everyday spatial needs. A shared architectural vocabulary and a carefully chosen, restrained material palette combine to provide a sense of unity across the entirety of the project. Each unit boasts an expansive, roof level master suite and private deck affording spectacular views of Atlanta’s ever expanding skyline.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ATLANTA, GA (2016) TYPE: DESIGN/BID/BUILD BUDGET: $10 MILLION SIZE: 10,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
Using cues from a sloped site the design of this townhome community in downtown Decatur is focused around an elevated internal common courtyard which organized vehicular access to the 33 townhome units. Due to the site limitations the pedestrian and vehicular entries occur on the same façade. This would typically create a large amount of paving, but deliberate care was exercised to insure that the drive and entry was landscaped to create an inviting experience to the pedestrian. To extend this idea of greenscaping each roof deck offers continuous planter walls on both sides enclosing the space as an outdoor room while bringing nature close to the owner. Individual identity for each unit façade is created from indigenous materials used in a contemporary aesthetic.
Reynolds Square Townhomes
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ATLANTA, GA (2016) TYPE: DESIGN/BID/BUILD BUDGET: $5.6 MILLION SIZE: 40,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
Situated on the arterial and transitional thoroughfare of Moreland Avenue, designing an inviting yet secure façade to this 23 unit townhome community created a challenge. Working with the topography of the existing site, the units along Moreland were designed three feet above the sidewalk with a board formed concrete retaining planter wall that encloses and shelters each front patio from the busy street. Pulling from the cues of neighboring homes, stairs leading to the front patios provide a welcoming path to each unit’s entry door while creating a defined sense of public and private space.
This affordable housing solution focuses on the use of modular, pre-fabricated living units constructed from used shipping containers (intermodal freight containers). The surplus of containers in the U.S. numbers well into the hundreds of thousands, making them at once both readily available and affordable. Containers can be fabricated and modified off-site under controlled conditions, then delivered to the project location and quickly assembled. This allows for a higher degree of control over cost, scheduling, and the potential for overruns typical of a traditional site built project.
The modular living units are stacked upon a concrete plinth. The plinth neutralizes the site’s sloping topography instituting a datum on which the living units can be efficiently massed. A variety of unit arrangements can be created by clever manipulation of the containers and their assembly, creating a mixture of micro/studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom unit types. The floor area below the plinth houses a variety of community services, thus activating the street level and providing amenities for both the residents of the project and the citizens of the broader Downtown community. Potential street level services include a small branch library (for access to internet, digital media, etc.), an urgent care medical center, and a laundromat or dry cleaners.
Containers are stacked up to 12 stories high in two independent massings, each with a circulation spine. These two “stacks” are mirrored about a central courtyard with residential entrance cores located at opposite corners. The courtyard becomes the shared front porch of the community. It is comprised of larger communal spaces interlocked with smaller, more private spaces containing a variety of program types. Gathering spaces, playground/recreation areas, and quiet spaces for reflection all coexist. The park-like setting supplements the relative scarcity of open space within walking distance of the site, and helps make the densely populated development more livable, vibrant, and green. Rooftop gardens provide further opportunity for green space, particularly for urban farming, allowing a place for cultivating sustenance and interpersonal relationships.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: CABBAGETOWN, GA (2016) TYPE: DESIGN/BUILD BUDGET: $1 MILLION SIZE: 138,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
Building on the foundations of an abandoned project – Cabbagetown Gateway contains a total of 27 living units, including 5 live/work townhomes and 22 flat style condo units over 7,000 sf of ground floor office space facing Memorial Drive while residents enjoy private parking on site. A central lobby area allows access to office and residential areas from sidewalk and parking area. The main building is a four story wood framed structure sitting on top of a concrete base at the office level, for a total of five floors. Designed to meet the Cabbagetown and Atlanta Urban Design Commission standards, Aesthetics were inspired by historic elements of the Fulton Cotton Mill creating a Gateway to the Cabbagetown neighborhood along the Memorial Drive Corridor.
LOCATION: ATLANTA, GA (2009) TYPE: DESIGN/BID/BUILD BUDGET: $1.4 MILLION SIZE: 14,500 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
This previously derelict lot on the South end of Howard Street in Kirkwood was developed as a contemporary townhome community. Located at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Memorial Drive, the building asserts it’s presence on the corner with a folded roof form and heavy vertical chimney element. The simple material palette references vernacular architecture and helps articulate bold design moves. The pedestrian’s eye is drawn horizontally across the façade and then down Howard Street, creating a visual threshold into the adjacent neighborhood.
Troy Peerless Lofts
LOCATION: ATLANTA, GA (2008) TYPE: DESIGN/BID/BUILD BUDGET: $1.475 MILLION SIZE: 41,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
ACCOLADES: 2009 Atlanta Urban Design Award of Excellence, Registered as a National Historic Building
This former 1929 commercial laundry building, listed on The National Register of Historic Places, faces Ponce City Market. The existing industrial structure was converted into 32 loft-style, residential condominiums. The units’ interiors capitalize on the remnants of decades old layered material finishes to retain the character of a true urban loft. Considerable measures were taken to preserve the exterior and interior exposed concrete and brick elements while emphasizing the original entries with the addition of minimalist canopy structures. An unsightly loading dock located along the building’s side was transformed into a tranquil terraced garden. All work was designed and performed in compliance with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.
LOCATION: ATLANTA, GA (2012) TYPE: DESIGN/BUILD BUDGET: $2 MILLION SIZE: 75,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
Working with the Atlanta BeltLine, this historic factory building which once a storage facility for Triumph motorcycle parts was transformed into 30 residential loft units. This project became the catalyst for affordable housing initiatives along the Atlanta BeltLine by being the first to offer home purchasing incentive opportunities to first responders, teachers, and law enforcement. Paying homage to the vintage motorcycles that were once housed on-site, the project is stripped down to essential, core design elements. Concrete, glass, steel, and wood dominate the material palette. The property boast of direct BeltLine access, a community swimming pool, an outdoor fire place, exterior kitchen, heated whirlpool, club room, and the Beltline Police Precinct and a sky deck with commanding views of downtown Atlanta.
LOCATION: ATLANTA, GA (2004) TYPE: DESIGN/BID/BUILD BUDGET: $750,000 SIZE: 30,000 SF (BUILDING SIZE) CATEGORY: DWELL
This adaptive re-use project converted a small cultured marble manufacturing facility into 17 loft units. Removing part of the existing barrel vaulted roof enabled each unit to gain enough height for a mezzanine level master suite. Clad in grass veined acrylic panels, the exterior stair tower providing access to the new roof deck and a reference to the ‘faux’ marble panels which were once manufactured on-site. Backlit during nighttime hours, the tower transforms into an iconic ‘lantern’ for the residents.
The planning and design of this traditional neighborhood development in Morningside aimed to create a true community. Working with a tight site, each home fronts a communal green park area while the courtyards of each individual home provides private and intimate outdoor living. The exclusive Office of Design "Courtyard Homes" are designed on a zero lot line where the interior plan and space of each home is focused on the outdoor living space of a private courtyard, merging the interior and exterior boundaries. Through the use of this exclusive home type, neighborhood development on tight infill sites can be improved in metro Atlanta.