WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: “Wilmington architecture firm wins people’s choice award”

The Kersting firm was honored for the design of "Dragonfly House," a waterfront residence with a roofline that seems to rise like two wings about to take flight.

The Kersting firm was honored for the design of “Dragonfly House,” a waterfront residence with a roofline that seems to rise like two wings about to take flight.

Michael Ross Kersting Architecture of Wilmington has received the “People’s Choice – First Prize” award in the 2013 George Matsumoto Prize from N.C. Modernist Houses.

The awards were presented [Thursday, July 25] at the N.C. Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh.

The Kersting firm was honored for the design of “Dragonfly House,” a waterfront residence with a roofline that seems to rise like two wings about to take flight. READ MORE…

BUSTLER: “2013 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizes Modernist Architecture in North Carolina”

The educational nonprofit archive North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH, formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) has published the 2013 winners of the George Matsumoto Prize which recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina. The Matsumoto Prize includes two categories: the professional Jury’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, the latter of which are chosen by public voting online. The Jury Awards include three cash prizes totaling $6,000.

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction. READ MORE…

ARCHINECT: “2013 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizes Modernist Architecture in North Carolina”

 

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

The educational nonprofit archive North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH, formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) has published the 2013 winners of the George Matsumoto Prize which recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina.READ MORE…

NCMH Announces 2013 George Matsumoto Prize Winners

Unique architecture competition celebrates NC Modernist residential design.

Inside the Rank Residence, the First Prize winner in the Jury's Awards category.

Inside the Rank Residence, the First Prize winner in the Jury’s Awards category.

July 30, 2013 (Durham, NC) George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH, formerly Triangle Modernist Houses), announced the winners of the 2013 George Matsumoto Prize during a special event held at the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh. 

The Matsumoto Prize recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina. The Matsumoto Prize includes two categories: the professional Jury’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, the latter of which are chosen by public voting online. The Jury Awards include three cash prizes totaling $6000.

The professional jury’s First Prize went to Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh for the Rank Residence, a flat-roofed, four-story, 3200-square-foot, “Modern Gothic” house with a three-story-clear living room and 1100-square-foot, four-car garage beneath that. Located outside Pittsburgh, NC, the cube is clad in concrete and metal and the windows are arranged to recall musical notes on staff lines in sheet music. Inside, in keeping with the owner’s fascination with vertical space, a network of stairs and bridges slashes overhead within a totally white, gray and black interior. The owner’s extensive art collection is displayed primarily on ledges so that he can easily change out the art whenever he wants.

Second Prize went to Erin Sterling-Lewis, AIA, and Matt Griffith, AIA, of In Situ Studios in Raleigh for the Chasen Residence, a small (1450 square feet), modern, urban house just east of downtown Raleigh. The plan confines the entries, stairs, kitchen, half bath, and upstairs hallway to one side of the house, opening the remaining space for living. The house uses numerous passive and active environmentally sustainable strategies.

Third Prize went to Chad Everhart, AIA, of Boone, NC, for the Mountain Cabin in Boone. The 650-square-foot cabin reinterprets typical log cabins found in the Appalachian Mountains. It blends vernacular elements with simple, modern design, complementing the owner’s collection of mid-century modern furniture, and it models affordable design and construction through its minimal footprint, use of indigenous materials, maximization of volume, and multi-use components.

"Dragonfly Villa," the People's Choice First Prize winner.

“Dragonfly Villa,” the People’s Choice First Prize winner.

The People’s Choice First Prize went to Michael Ross Kersting Architecture, of Wilmington for the “Dragonfly Villa.” Like its namesake, the home sits by the water’s edge, its roofline making it seem to be poised to take flight.  Two wings housing sleeping, cooking, eating, and bathing areas are positioned opposite one another, joined by a windowed interstitial living space from which the homeowners can enjoy a private courtyard view on one side and an expansive lake vista on the other. Systems and storage are built into thick, hollow, furniture-like walls that span the length of the structure, passing from outdoors to indoors and back out again.

The People’s Choice Second Prize went to In Situ Studios for the Chasen Residence (see above).

The Third Prize in the People’s Choice category went to Tonic Design + Tonic Construction for the Rank Residence (see above).

Now in its second year, NCMH’s George Matsumoto Prize is named forGeorge Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding member of the NC State University School of Design faculty who is well known for the mid-century Modernist houses he designed in North Carolina. Matsumoto himself served as the jury’s Honorary Chair.

Also serving on the 2013 jury were: Frank Harmon, FAIA, (Chair) of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh; Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington; and Larry Scarpa, FAIA, of Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Los Angeles, California.

“These winners demonstrate to the public that Modernist design can be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house to love for decades,” Smart said. “We want potential homeowners to realize that, by using an architect or designer, or by buying a Modernist house on the market, they can have a great home for the same budget as an ordinary house.”

 

Capital Area Preservation and NC Modernist Houses Co-Host “Mayberry Modernism”

NCMH’s George Smart will discuss North Carolina’s legacy of extraordinary Modernist houses, 224339_LcdpQI4KnjOcIPzFVlM82wquEsuch as the recently demolished Paschal House in Raleigh.

July 11, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Capital Area Preservation (CAP), Wake County’s non-profit historic preservation organization, along with North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses), will host “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” a presentation by NCMH director George Smart, on Wednesday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 East Peace Street in downtown Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public or $10 for architects who want continuing education credit.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many of which are in good shape but some of which are endangered or have been destroyed.

“CAP is delighted to partner with George Smart and NC Modernist Houses to bring this interesting and informative presentation to Raleigh,” said Gary Roth, CAP Executive Director. “Our commitment to preservation of the whole spectrum of Wake County’s historic architecture and George’s enthusiasm for the Modernist houses that are such a significant portion of that spectrum in Raleigh and Wake County is the perfect fit. Whether you are a Modernist house aficionado or if Modernist houses are totally new to you, I believe that you will enjoy and learn from George’s presentation.”

Founded in 1972, Capital Area Preservation is Wake County’s only countywide non-profit historic preservation organization. CAP’s mission is to advocate and invest in the preservation of historic resources as an essential element of Wake County’s growth. For more information, visit the CAP website at http://cappresinc.org/index.php.

For more information on “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” go to www.ncmodernist.org and click on “Speaking.”

 

NCMH Archive Cited As Major Reference For Information On HHH

Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA

Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA

July 11, 2013 — We are pleased to announce that Guardian Stewardship Editions, which publishes books on art and architecture, has cited NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) as a primary resource for “a detailed timeline and images” of the late architect Harwell Hamilton Harris’s work.

The citing is in relation to a new, upcoming book by Ted Wells entitled Romantic Modern: The California Architecture of Harwell Hamilton Harris, which is due out in October of 2014. GS Editions has posted an excerpt from the book on its website at http://gsebooks.com/wordpress/harwell-hamilton-harris/harwell-hamilton-harris-californian-by-nature. At the end of the excerpt is a link of resources for learning more about Harris. At the top of the list is the NCMH/TMH archive.

A celebrated Moderist master, Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA, was a Californian by birth and he practiced in his native state for many years. He and his wife, Jean, moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1962 where Harris would become a part of Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s School of Design faculty at NC State University. The Harrises remained here until their deaths.

We are honored to be recognized as a credible resource by GS Editions, and we look forward to the new book on Harwell Harris’ work in California.