NEWS & OBSERVER: “Lessons learned from Joe Kwon’s dream kitchen.”

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

By Andrea Weigl

Joe Kwon and Buckley in Joe's dream kitchen designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Joe Kwon and Buckley in Joe’s dream kitchen designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co. Photo by Juli Leonard

Joe Kwon, the rock star cellist of The Avett Brothers, got to do what every obsessive home cook dreams about: design his own kitchen.

Kwon and his wife, Emily Meineke, moved into their new home earlier this year: a modernist house within walking distance of downtown Raleigh.

The couple bought the lot in February 2014, broke ground last summer and moved into the 2,000-square-foot house in January. Craig Kerins and Robby Johnston of The Raleigh Architecture Co.took the couple’s wish list and vision and turned it into reality by designing and building the home. (Kwon and Meineke are having a big year; they also got married in March.)

Kwon is well known as a food lover and avid home cook… READ MORE

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: “Arrow Haircuts expands to Durham under new name”

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

by Rebecca Troyer

Arrow Haircuts, with two locations in Raleigh, is expanding to Durham

The owners of the two Arrow Haircuts barber shops in Raleigh have opened a third shop.

The owners of the two Arrow Haircuts barber shops in Raleigh have opened a third shop.

under a new name.
Owners and brothers Pete and Andy Phipps have opened the new shop, called Pedro Williams, in the old Wells Fargo building at 624 Ninth St.

Why the name? Williams is Pete Phipps’ close friend and fellow world adventurer, and it was Williams who originally came up with the idea of opening the shop.

The Raleigh Architecture Co. completed the design and build-out of the new Durham shop.

“Most hair salons want spaces in shopping centers or strip malls that they can upfit in two weeks,” says architect Robby Johnston, co-owner of The Raleigh Architecture Co. “Andy and Pete want to be part of the urban fabric, to support local retail, so their shops end up in old buildings and odd spaces that require a lot of work but turn out to be really interesting and unique.” READ MORE…

AECCafe: “Edenton Street Duo Fills Empty Lots in Raleigh, NC”

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Raleigh Architecture Company

Two new compact houses have introduced a modern, sustainable, infill-housing model to an old, urban neighborhood while providing two young families with open, efficient homes perfectly suited to their individual lifestyles.

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), a design-build firm in Raleigh, NC, acted as developer, architect, contractor, and, for one house, owner. The process started with land acquisition, followed by locating financing options, then working through variances in the subdivision before RACo could begin design work. For the construction loan, it was also vital to prepare a carefully balanced pro forma considering size and comps (minimum square footage plus three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths) in this evolving neighborhood.

Form and materials intentionally recall elements of the context. Front porches, for example: Cantilevered second floors cover front porches that are typical of every home in the old neighborhood. And by designing the houses in tandem, the homeowners can share limited outdoor space between the two slim lots as well as a parti/diagram for the interior floor plans. Yet each house is tailored to its owners’ specific spatial requirements. READ MORE…

Pedro Williams: New Barber Shop Opens In Downtown Durham, Designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co.

June 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

A neon sign points the way to Pedro Williams. (photo by Pedro Williams)

A neon sign points the way to Pedro Williams. (photo by Pedro Williams)

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) has completed the design and build-out of the third Arrow Haircuts location – only this time in Durham and under the name “Pedro Williams.”

Owners and brothers Pete and Andy Phipps opened their newest location earlier this month in the old Wells Fargo building at 624 Ninth Street, following the success of his first two shops: one in Raleigh’s Cameron Village shopping center, the other on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.

Andy Phipps describes the concept for all three locations as “old-style neighborhood barber shops with great customer service” that also happen to serve free beer and display racks of locally made products for sale. He sees them as alternatives to national chains and expensive salons.

Their locations underscore that intent.

“Most hair salons want spaces in shopping centers or strip malls that they can up-fit in two weeks,” architect Robby Johnston, AIA, co-owner of The Raleigh Architecture Company, noted. “Andy and Pete want to be part of the urban fabric, to support local retail, so their shops end up in old buildings and odd spaces that require a lot of work but turn out to be really interesting and unique.”

The Cameron Village shop is located in a space that was occupied by a barbershop from 1966 until Arrow moved in. The Hargett Street location housed Capital City Barber Shop for 80 years starting in 1931.

The 900-square-foot Durham location proved the most challenging of the three, according to RACo co-owner Craig Kerins, AIA. “It was in very poor condition and hadn’t been maintained. The space was sort of a leftover section of the building and hadn’t been treated well over the years.”

Nonetheless, Pedro Williams features all the RACo-designed elements that define the Arrow brand, including the central bar; the use of raw, exposed finishes (plywood, concrete, and galvanized conduit); the stylists’ stations arranged down a long, continuous bar; red metal tool chests for the stylists’ tools; and the red, white, and blue color scheme inspired by vintage barber poles. The aim was friendly, familiar, and hip. Achieved.

So why the name “Pedro Williams” instead of Arrow? Pete Phipps describes it best here: http://guaranteedshorterhair.com.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

NC CONSTRUCTION NEWS: “The Raleigh Architecture Co. receives Standard Foods commission”

June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Co

L-R: Robby Johnston, AIA, and Craig Kerins, AIA

The firm will help bring Chef Scott Crawford’s market and restaurant to downtown Raleigh.

The Raleigh Architecture Company has been commissioned to serve as design architect for Nash Hospitality Group’s “Standard Foods,” an upscale neighborhood market and restaurant planned for the Person Street Plaza retail center in downtown Raleigh.

The Nash Hospitality Group is a partnership between John Holmes of J.T. Hobby & Son real estate and celebrated Chef Scott Crawford, formerly of The Umstead Hotel in Cary. Crawford earned the hotel’s “Herons” restaurant both Forbes’ five-star and AAA five-diamond awards, the architects say in a news release.

Lead by partners Robby Johnston, AIA, and Craig Kerins, AIA, The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) is frequently commissioned for urban up-fits in existing buildings in downtown Raleigh… READ MORE…

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