NEWS & OBSERVER: “Housing stock east of downtown Raleigh gets a jolt of modernism”

July 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Local developer Jason Queen and The Raleigh Architecture and Construction companies are partnering to build 3 modernist houses on Wynne Street. (Photo by Chris Seward)

Local developer Jason Queen and The Raleigh Architecture and Construction companies are partnering to build 3 modernist houses on Wynne Street. (Photo by Chris Seward)

By David Bracken

RALEIGH — When Craig Kerins and Robby Johnston began building a cluster of modernist homes on Edenton Street a few blocks east of downtown, the architects knew they were tapping into a shift in attitudes among the homebuying public.

“The second those homes started to take shape, there was lots of market interest,” says Johnston. “We started receiving lots of phone calls.”

But the five homes – which feature large overhangs, big shared spaces filled with light from 9-by-9 windows and skylights – were all done on commission and would not be listed for sale.

That is not the case for their latest project, a trio of similarly designed houses that are now going up on Wynne Street a block from Chavis Park.

While a small sample size, Kerins and Johnston’s work is a sign that many of the defining characteristics of modernist architecture – open plans, numerous windows, and easy accessibility from inside to outside – have become features prized by many of today’s homeowners. READ MORE..

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

NEWS & OBSERVER: “East of Edenton: Modernist House at Home In The Inner City”

February 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Coyle-Johnston residence, side and rear view.

The Coyle-Johnston residence was featured in the News & Observer‘s Real Estate section on Saturday, February 14th. Articles in the Real Estate are not available on line, so here are PDFs of the piece that the editor sent…

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NEWS & OBSERVER: “Downtown Raleigh neighborhood gets modernist homes”

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

By Sarah Nagem

photo by Jill Knight

photo by Jill Knight

— Less than a mile from a well-known modernist house that led to a lawsuit and neighbor disputes in Oakwood, two modern homes have quietly been completed, and three more are under construction.

Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, co-owners of The Raleigh Architecture Co., designed two modernist homes that sit in the 500 block of East Edenton Street. Three more of their homes are under construction around the corner at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Swain Street.

The neighborhood east of downtown is known as Hungry Neck, a pocket of mostly older homes just south of Oakwood Cemetery.

The sharp angles and large windows of the Edenton Street houses are a stark contrast to their neighbors – one- and two-story homes, some with polished exteriors and others with peeling paint. READ MORE…

Three More Modern Houses Complete The Cluster In “Hungry Neck”

January 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Co. adds new single-family homes to old urban neighborhood.

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) has completed the final three houses in a cluster of modern, compact, single-family homes within the old “Hungry Neck” neighborhood just east of downtown Raleigh.

Each of the five urban-infill houses – including the original two on Edenton Street — is specific to the owners’ needs and lifestyle, yet they share certain design sensibilities. Each sits on a small buildable area on its lot. That plus tight zoning restrictions suggested compact linear footprints and projecting forms. Front porches, shaded by cantilevered second floors, link the homes to the community and reinforce the existing vernacular. Each house is sited on its lot to maintain the way other houses in this neighborhood address the sidewalk and street. All five houses are filled with an abundance of natural light.

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The Kwon house © Atlantic Archives

The Kwon house © Atlantic Archives

A series of skylights and high glazing brings light and views into the central space of the new 2000-square-foot Kwon house (above), which happens to be a spacious, double-height kitchen. The owner is passionate about cooking and entertaining, so the dining space flows off from the kitchen and can extend outside on a covered deck. Large roof overhangs shade the windows and cover the balcony off the master bedroom suite upstairs.

The Floyd house © Atlantic Archives

The Floyd house © Atlantic Archives

For the 1770-square-foot Floyd house (above), two thin, double-height spaces connect the lower floor to the upper story on the northern and southern elevations. A thin shed roof creates a large overhang on the southern elevation and covers a walk out deck. In keeping with the owners’ desire for a clean, minimal interior, crisp white walls rise from blackened oak floors.

The Powers house © Atlantic Archives

The Powers house © Atlantic Archives

Privacy was a key component for the design of the Powers house (above), located on what was a vacant corner lot. A cast-in-place concrete wall adjoining the house creates a private courtyard that shields the house from the busy street nearby. Carefully arranged windows fill the interior with an abundance of natural daylight yet maintain the owners’ privacy. Inside and upstairs, a steel walkway, visible from a double-height space below, connects the two upper bedrooms.

All five houses feature concrete foundations, custom wood trusses, steel columns that allow large spans and spaces inside, high efficiency HVAC systems, European-style cabinetry, and solid oak floors.

For more information on the Hungry Neck houses and The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit


“Wake Forest enlists help from architects…”

October 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Wake Forest

Robby Johnston, AIA, principal of The Raleigh Architecture Company, will participate in a design workshop in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, October 10. Johnston will join a select group of fellow architects and others in studying the historic downtown district and suggesting ways in which it might grow into a major destination. Click on the link below to read more about the workshop and its purpose:

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“Wake Forest enlists help from architects to create vision for downtown properties”

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