June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
By Andrea Weigl
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
February 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
By Sarah Nagem
RALEIGH — 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…
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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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.
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.
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 www.raleigh-architecture.com.
October 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
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: