Port of Raleigh To Host NCMH’s Thirst4Architecture Networking Event August 25th

Inside Port of Raleigh

Inside Port of Raleigh

Introducing participants to one of downtown Raleigh’s newest retail stores.

On Thursday, August 25, from 6 to 8pm., Port of Raleigh, a new home and lifestyle store in downtown Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH) Thirst4Architecture networking event, co-sponsored by RED Collective real estate brokers.

Free and open to the public, the monthly Thirst4Architecture (T4A) events bring together hundreds of people who are passionate about Modernist architecture and design in a casual, relaxed environment. The host business provides food and beverages and often entertainment.

“We welcome Modernist homeowners, architects and artists, builders and contractors, materials vendors and furniture dealers, and anyone else with a passion for Modernist design,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart, whose non-profit organization is dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state.

For Port of Raleigh’s T4A event this month, owner Ana Maria Muñoz will celebrate her store’s launch of Flitch furniture, a line of custom-made modern cabinetry and furniture designed and manufactured in Raleigh in the North Carolina tradition of craftsmanship. T4A guests will also be able to wander among all of the shop’s “modern and timeless designs from far and near.”

Muñoz explains her inventory as “objects of use that elevate your everyday and make your home that much more fun to live, play, and grow in.”

Port of Raleigh is located at 416 South McDowell Street. For more information, visit www.portofraleigh.co

RED Collective is co-sponsoring all T4A events in the Triangle through December 2016.

For more information on this and other NCMH initiatives, visit www.ncmodernist.org.


Modernist Home Tour: NCMH Presents The Bridge House

Photos by Jed Gammon and Mark Herboth

Photos by Jed Gammon and Mark Herboth

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces a public tour of the McDaniels residence high above Crabtree Creek in Raleigh on Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The 2800-square-foot home is better known as the “Bridge House” in reference to the two dramatic bridges, one that leads above the sharply sloping site to the main entrance, and the other that cantilevers out towards Crabtree Creek.

BridgeHouse5Designed by Chad Parker and Brett Hautop formerly of Vernacular Studio (now Gensler), the house’s entry level includes the kitchen, dining, and living spaces; the master bedroom; and a large balcony that effectively extends the interior out into the surrounding treetops. Above this level is a studio and exercise loft. The lower level includes other bedrooms, a large family room, the laundry room, and an outdoor “sleeping porch.”

Of particular note: In the kitchen, counters at different heights and shapes accommodate multiple cooks and cooking activities. Also, the current owners are art collectors, so Parker and Hautop designed display niches and allowed for ample wall space to accommodate their collection.

When the Bridge House was a News & Observer House of the Month in August 2010, author Wendy Redfield, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, N.C. State University, wrote: “Rooms and spaces are generous in size, but it is the attention to detail, modulated light, careful combination of materials and responsiveness to the clients’ needs that make this house so successful.”

Built in 2008, the house is for sale for the first time.

Timed advance admission tickets are $7 per person. NCMH Mod Squad timed admission advance tickets are $1 per person. A limited number of VIP flextime tickets are available at $15 per person. To purchase tickets, for more important details on the tour, and to see more photographs of the house, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/bridge.htm.  Proceeds benefit NCMH, a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.

For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

NEWS & OBSERVER HOME & GARDEN: “The 2016 winners in the annual George Matsumoto Prize modernist house contest”

ARCHITECT magazine: “The Winners of This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

North Carolina Modernist Houses announced six residential designs in two categories selected by a jury and online voters that continue the Modernist architect’s legacy.

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Six residences across North Carolina have been named as winners in this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Held by the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit North Carolina Modernist Houses, the annual program celebrates residential designs that hearken back to the work of modernist architect George Matsumoto, FAIA. The six projects are divvied up between two categories: the Jury Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

The jury, which comprised Ray Kappe, FAIA, founder of Kappe Architects, in San Rafael, Calif.; Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects, in London; Joshua Prince-Ramus, AIA, principal of REX, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Harry Wolf, AIA, of Wolf Architecture, in West Hollywood, Calif.; Miami Beach, Fla.-based designer Charles McMurray; and English production designer Nathan Crowley chose three sites as the competition’s first-, second-, and third-prize winners…READ MORE

NCMH Announces The 2016 Matsumoto Prize Winners

Recognizing excellence in Modernist

residential design across the state.

First Prize Jury Awards and Second Prize People's Choice Awards: 123 Hillcrest by Alphin Design Build

First Prize Jury Awards and Second Prize People’s Choice Awards: 123 Hillcrest by Alphin Design Build

The winners of the 2016 George Matsumoto Prizesponsored by the non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses, were announced during a special event held in McConnell Studios in Raleigh on Thursday night, July 21.

Recognizing excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, three projects were selected in two categories: The Jury Awards, chosen by a jury of six nationally celebrated architects and designers; and the People’s Choice Awards, selected through online public voting.

First Prize in the Jury Awards went to Will Alphin of Alphin Design Build, Raleigh, for 123 Hillcrest (pictured above), a four-level house in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood that integrates indoor-outdoor living and honors its owners’ aspirations for a progressive, sustainable home. As First Prize winner, the firm received $3000. (Builder: Alphin Design Build. Photography © James West/JWest Productions)

Jury Award Second Prize: Corbett residence by in situ studio.

Jury Award Second Prize: Corbett residence by in situ studio.

The Jury’s Second Prize went to Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, and Matthew Griffith, AIA, of in situ studio, Raleigh, for the Corbett Residence in Bahama, NC, a single-story house expressed as a low black box that strikes a line across its sloping site, mimicking the horizon. As Second Prize winner, the firm received $2000. (Builder: Aiello Builders, Inc. Photography © Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

Jury Award Third Prize: Medlin residence by in situ studio.

Jury Award Third Prize: Medlin residence by in situ studio.

The Jury’s Third Prize also went to in situ studio for the Medlin Residence in Raleigh, a compact, L-shaped home that creates a courtyard between the house and a hillside and boldly allows an interior staircase to become a dominate form expressed on the facade. For Third Prize, the firm received $1000. (Builder: Kemp Harris, Inc. Photography © Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

People's Choice First Place: BlauHaus by STITCH Design Shop

People’s Choice First Place: BlauHaus by STITCH Design Shop

In the People’s Choice Awards, online voters’ First Place selection was Adam Sebastian, AIA, of STITCH Design Shop, Winston-Salem, for Blauhaus in Winston-Salem, a house sited parallel to a creek with a gabled roof form that gives a nod to the owner’s home in German yet maintains a distinctly modernist vocabulary. (Builder: Ken McDaniel. Photography by Adam Sebastian)

The People’s Choice Second Place honor went to the Jury’s First Prize winner — Alphin Design Build for 123 Hillcrest (pictured above).

People's Choice Third Place: Ciel 10 by Retro+Fit+Design

People’s Choice Third Place: Ciel 10 by Retro+Fit+Design

Third Place in the People’s Choice Awards went to Jason Well of Retro + Fit + Design, Asheville, for Ciel 10, a dramatic, custom-builder, for-sale house in the mountains that the architect created by shifting a series of cantilevered blocks to optimize views. (Builder: Bellwether Design Build. Photography © David Dietrich Photography)

The George Matsumoto Prize, supported by the McAdams Foundation, honors George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design and architect of some of the state’s best-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  Each year Matsumoto serves as honorary jury chair.

For more information on North Carolina Modernist Houses and the other 2016 Matsumoto Prize entries, go to www.ncmodernist.org/prize2016.

McConnell Studios To Host Matsumoto Prize Awards Presentation and “Thirst4Architecture”

The 2016 award winners will be announced

during the popular networking event.


McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation is part of NCMH’s monthly “Thirst4Architecture” networking events.

Now in its fifth year, The Matsumoto Prize is the only professionally juried competition with cash prizes — totaling $6000 — specifically for Modernist houses. The Prize also features online public voting. The People’s Choice awards from online voting will be presented along with the three Jury Awards. (To see the houses submitted for 2016, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2016.

“These entries inspire people to dream of having their own Modernist house,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “Most people are surprised to know Modernist design doesn’t have to be expensive. It can easily be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and a house their families will love for decades. This year’s entries are exemplary, and we’re looking forward to revealing the winners.”

The McAdams Foundation is supporting the 2016 Matsumoto Prize.

mcconnellogoAlong with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include live music, catered food, various beverages, and the opportunity to tour McConnell Studios.

Founded in 2001 by Matt McConnell, the studios turn out custom designed sculpture, lighting, architectural installations, and other products of all scales for public, commercial, and residential clients. Located at 324 Dupont Circle, McConnell Studios works in a wide variety of materials and fabrication systems. For more information and directions, go to www.mattmcconnell.com.

NCMH’s monthly Thirst4Architecture networking events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/Triangle Modern Homes, specializing in the sale of Modernist homes throughout the Triangle. For more information on NCMH, Thirst4Architecture, and the Matsumoto Prize, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

ARCHITECT magazine: “The Shortlist for This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

"Katamochi" by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

“Katamochi” by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

The annual program hosted by Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization, North Carolina Modernist Houses, selected 16 sites for its shortlist honoring modernist residential architect George Matsumoto.


North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has selected a shortlist of 16 submissions for this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Recognizing modernist residences across the U.S. South, the Matsumoto Prize projects must be located within the region to be eligible. However, designers and architects can be located outside of it. This program is one of many conducted by NCMH, the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization founded by 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award winner George Smart (now NCMH’s executive director) that documents, preserves, and promotes modernist architecture across the country.

This year’s projects are all located in N.C., and range from deconstructivist mountain homes, to cantilevered, single-family residences in the suburbs, to spacious coastal dwellings. READ MORE…