Greetings from in situ studio! We have had a very exciting month, with one house nearing completion and another house about to start construction! Take a look at what we've been up to here or on our website!
BREW Coffee Bar
We are having a great time working with AJ Viola and Mike Sholar to design an incredible space in Seaboard Station for their new bar, BREW. Their concept for the bar is very unique, focusing on Raleigh's best brewed beer AND coffee - an all day offering! And, it is right next door to our favorite Seaboard lunch spot, Kimbap. Follow developments on their Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Instagram account. Thanks, Mike and AJ, for the opportunity!
The Medlin Residence will soon begin construction! We have had a wonderful time working with our clients, who have diligently brought us beautiful precedent images and who insisted upon simple, open spaces. The house is a compact L-shaped scheme that creates a courtyard between the house and hillside, with a series of additions and subtractions that extend the house into the landscape. Thanks to Kemp Harris, our builder, and Jeff Dopko, cabinet maker extraordinaire, who are both collaborating with us on the Sillings Residence and are doing fantastic work. We look forward to working with them again!
Walter Magazine has published a wonderful article that features Matt and Erin, as well as many of our friends and colleagues in town! In author J. Michael Welton's words, "...the seven architects' offices described here all demonstrate a commitment to downtown Raleigh - and to good design...and they all have one central source of inspiration: whether student, professor or designer, each of the architects represented here is directly linked to the College of Design at N.C. State University - and to its legacy of creating great spaces for the citizens of this city." Check out the article here.
Urban Design Conference
On Friday, March 7th, Matt and Erin will be presenting at the 11th annual Urban Design Conference in Raleigh. The case study presentation is called Infill: Modern Urban Living, featuring The Ten at South Person Street, which is slated to start construction this spring! Our favorite competition partner, David Hill, AIA will also be presenting The RA-50 Accessory Dwelling Unit with us. RA-50 was the result of a Building Trust International competition we worked on with David in 2013. Density in Place: Design Works, is this year's theme for the conference, and we are honored to have two projects to speak about!
Oz and Erin have been working with AIA NC and the Center for Architecture and Design on an exciting summer event series, called Activate 14. Working closely with the primary sponsor, Frank Harmon Architect and Kim Weiss of blue plate pr, an exciting summer is in store! The series will focus on design-based solutions for challenges facing cities in North Carolina. Topics for each of the 4 events to be held June through September are: Designing for the Next Generation, Sustainable Foodways, Alternative Transportation, and Urban Housing. Events will include talks, breakout sessions, drawing, auctions, food, music, art, children's events, and more! The series kicks off with a design build competition for a structure to be built on the grounds of the Center for Architecture and Design. Be sure to visit the website for more information.
Detail of the Month - Medlin Residence Dining Room Cantilever
Where We’re From: Jeremy
My journey to become an architect is rooted in my desire to become more aware of my surroundings. Growing up in Raleigh, Schenck Forest was a haven for my family. It was always a lucky summer day when we would trek through the trails, the sounds of cars fading into the rustle of leaves under our feet. The trail led back to a glen of pine trees, which is still one of the most enchanting places on Earth. Standing beneath the pines, the calming cadence of tall, dark tree trunks is accentuated by the dance of dappled light on a bed of bright green grass. It’s as magnificent as any European cathedral.
When I was young, my parents would take me to the Rocky Branch Creek, a stream near downtown Raleigh that was isolated from its surroundings by a shady patch of forest. We would sit on the boulders by the bank, eating lunch and dipping our toes in the water. I was shocked the day my mom and I drove past the creek to see a construction crew tearing it up to make room for the expansion of Western Boulevard. The destruction of that segment of the Rocky Branch Creek by heavy machinery profoundly influenced my respect for the power of human destruction and the fragility of beautiful things.
The Tracking Station Beach my family frequented in Vero Beach, Florida was so scary to me because it looked safe, but there was so much wilderness below the surface, and such inconstancy in the ebb and flow of the tide. Most of the time, I stayed firmly planted on the shore building sand castles. Back then, I was always afraid to wade in past my waist because I feared the unknown (and sharks!), and I defined a boundary because the water didn’t have one. These days, I just jump in.
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