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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hall, and, of course, the live roof. "Functionally, it handles some of the water run-off on the site," he explains. "But aes- thetically, because we're down so low, if you were standing on the street or looking out from the second floor, you would oth- erwise be looking at white TPO. I hate when you're in a nice house and you see a crappy roof. But I created the problem by splitting the house in two, so I had to solve it." Maintenance access is provided by a large operable window. Speaking of windows, pattern is also at play in the fenes- tration—both in service to framing particular views and to the larger goal of activating the façades of the house. "If they were all the same size and shape, the house would look kind of static," says David. The application of wood trim achieves the same purpose— enlivening and adding warmth to the house both inside and outside. David's logic for where it's placed follows the idea of those "cuts" to the box. "We applied it wherever the house got chopped—ipe outside, white oak inside, and engineered wal- nut for the walls. Every time the building gets 'cut,' it becomes a different material. I thought the window wall could have been wood inside, too, but my wife said no." With some guidance by Core Landscape, David manipu- lated the property to master the hill's transitions and to slow the flow of water on site. Vegetation was selected to that end, as well, and to provide curated glimpses of nature from those strategically placed windows. A low foundation wall toward the back of the lot creates a flat spot for the kids to play. In addition to the accolades on the home tour last year, Split Box House has recently won merit recognition in AIA Atlanta's Residential Design Awards. It seems the city might be ready for some good modern houses, after all. —S. Claire Conroy Fenestration is oriented to specific views of the nearly 1-acre site, enhanced by strategic plantings and modifications to the slope. 40 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 CASE STUDY

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