Residential Design

VOL1 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Modern houses are popping up on urban and close-in suburban lots across the country. While not fully centered in the mainstream yet, it's obvious the market for modern is growing. One strong indicator is that many of these houses are speculative projects, which are typically conservative ventures geared toward the common ground of buyers' tastes. No one would build them if they didn't think there was a real appetite for them. Alas, a large portion of these speculative houses aren't very successful from a design standpoint. They miss the mark in the massing, the detailing, and a myriad of other flaws. Atlanta is replete with these kinds of mediocre moderns, but buyers' hunger for something fresh and different means they still sell and the cycle continues. When a good modern house turns up here, it's a truly noteworthy occasion. Such was the case with Split Box House, which emerged from its hilly, muddy site last year like a beacon of hope—finally someone was building a good modern house in the city. It cap- tured everyone's attention—and a starring role on Atlanta's annual tour of modern homes. You can probably guess the punchline from here. No, this was not a speculative project; it was not even a simple custom home—it was an architect's own house for himself Box Populi An architect solves a precipitous problem with a set of artfully stacked boxes. BY S. CLAIRE CONROY LOCATION: ATLANTA ARCHITECT: DIG ARCHITECTS BUILDER: POST + BEAM BUILDERS 30 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 CASE STUDY

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