ARCHITECTURE LAB: “Hungry Neck House / The Raleigh Architecture Company”

December 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hungry Neck  house, rear elevation. Photo by Atlantic Archives

Hungry Neck house, rear elevation. Photo by Atlantic Archives

The Hungry Neck house home sits right in the middle of an old neighborhood in downtown Raleigh, NC, surrounded by busy thoroughfares and an assortment of frame houses from the 1930s and ‘40s.The thoroughfares suggested that the house “turn its back” on the street and focus on a huge, beautiful oak tree in the backyard. In the spirit of the neighborhood, however, a corner of the façade became a front porch overlooking the sidewalk. The owners, a young married couple, also enjoy the fact that their Modern house is helping to reinvigorate an old urban neighborhood that’s been overlooked for decades… READ MORE

INHABITAT: “Two compact modern homes fill challenging empty lots in an old urban neighborhood”

November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Raleigh Architecture Company

The “Edentwins” in downtown Raleigh.

By Kristine Lofgren

Two new compact houses introduce 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. Each home blends in with the neighborhood, but features a bevy of sustainable features, like locally-sourced recycled exterior materials, plenty of natural light and clever design that merges the interior of the homes with the world outside.

The homes were built to carefully blend into the neighborhood. For example, front porches have cantilevered second floors that cover the front porches are typical of every home in the old neighborhood, so these homes have the same feature. And because the houses were designed in tandem, the homeowners can share limited outdoor space between the two slim lots. The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), a design-build firm in Raleigh, NC, acted as developer, architect, contractor, and, for one house, owner. READ MORE… “How Modern Style and Matching Buildings Re-Energized A Raleigh Neighborhood”

October 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Developed as "fraternal twins," the 554 and 556 Edenton homes by Raleigh Architecture Company share a common design language, but each have their own quirks. (All images via Raleigh Architecture Company Instagram.)

Developed as “fraternal twins,” the 554 and 556 Edenton homes by Raleigh Architecture Company share a common design language, but each have their own quirks. (All images via Raleigh Architecture Company Instagram.)

By Patrick Sisson 10.22.15

Instagram can be an endless font of inspirations and introductions, from new fashion concepts to undiscovered travel destinations. For architect Robby Johnston of The Raleigh Architecture Company, the visual app turned out to be a great way to find a new neighbor.

“A friend was house hunting a few years ago and posting images on Instagram, and as I clicked through, I found a couple doing the same thing nearby,” he says. “I looked at their account—they were well traveled, with interesting careers—and thought, ‘maybe they’re crazy enough to work with us.'”

Crazy isn’t always the operative word a homeowner uses when looking for a new neighbor, or the quality an architect seeks out when hunting for a new client. But then again, Johnston wasn’t a typical architect looking to sell a standard home. Along with partner Craig Kerins, Johnston was in the midst of developing a matching pair of modernist homes in Raleigh’s Hungry Neck neighborhood…READ MORE.


ABC 11 Eyewitness News: “Modern Homes Come To Downtown Raleigh”

October 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Raleigh Architecture Company

By Anna Laurel

CLICK HERE to view the segment that aired Wednesday, October 14.

INSPIRED HOME IDEAS: “556 Edenton Street House by The Raleigh Architecture Co.”

September 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

556 Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC Photos © Raymond Goodmon, 2014

556 Edenton Street (left), Raleigh, NC
Photos © Raymond Goodmon, 2014

Developed in tandem with 554 Edenton Street, the 556 Edenton lot had similar challenges that inspired the shared green space. A basement takes advantage of the sloping topography.

The Modern, 2300-square-foot home sits back on its lot at the same distance from the sidewalk as its neighbors. Beyond the living room at the front of the house, the double-height space in the kitchen recognizes the spatial hierarchy of the heart of the home…READ MORE

TRIANGLE DOWNTOWNER: “Sustainability + Vision + Passion + RACo”

September 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Inside a RACo-designed and built house just east of downtown Raleigh.

Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, co-founders of The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) on South West Street, can point to several projects they’ve completed in downtown Raleigh within the three years that they’ve been professional partners.

On Hargett Street, Nuvonivo, a children’s clothing boutique, and Arrow Haircuts, a hip take on an old fashioned barber shop, sit side-by-side. On Hillsborough Street, they designed Runologie, an independent running supply shop, and State of Beer, a craft beer bar and bottle shop. Then there’s Crank Arm Brewing on West Davie Street and, by the end of this summer, Standard Foods market and restaurant on Person Street.

These projects are independent, but they resonate with RACo’s design sensibilities: They’re all “up-fits” in challenging spaces within old, existing buildings — a form of sustainability the partners encourage and enjoy. They’re also characterized by clean, uncluttered spaces, innovative uses of everyday materials, and deceptively simple solutions that generate a lot of surprise per dollar.

“Robby and Craig combine a big picture vision for a great modern city with a practical approach, mainly consisting of the hard work that it takes to actually get projects done,” says David Meeker, a managing member of Carpenter Real Estate, State of Beer, and Runologie, among other businesses. “Plenty of folks have one or the other. It’s rare to find a team that has both.” READ MORE (page 16)…

INDYWEEK: “Let’s get Happy + Hale: It’s expanding to Ninth Street in Durham”

July 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Durham location for Happy + Hale designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Happy and Hale’s  Happy Herbs salad and Green No Envy smoothie, and  Rise N’ Shine fresh squeezed juice.  (Photo by Justin Cook)

By Tina Haver Currin

If you get a hankering for a midday meal from Happy + Hale, you’re in for a wait. You can almost set your watch to the lines that form in front of the 850-square-foot juice and salad bar during the lunch hours.

Are people elbowing one another inside the tiny restaurant, hollering requests for arugula and whey powder in their almond smoothies? Must be noon. Is the line snaking out the door and around the patio tables? That likely means it’s 1 o’clock. Is the juice cooler empty, but you can walk right into the restaurant? Betcha it’s 2 p.m.

When co-owners Tyler Helikson and Matt Whitley opened Happy + Hale on June 27, 2014, in Raleigh’s City Plaza, they envisioned a bright, open area with windows behind the counter so patrons could watch the 5-foot juicer do its thing. Indeed, there is a small window near the machine, but the restaurant is so popular and compact that it’s often impossible to see anything but bustling workers, let alone find a comfortable perch.

But that’s all about to change—in Durham. Today, the duo finalized a lease for a space on Ninth Street three times the size of their glass cube in City Plaza…

…The new location will open in January of 2016 in what used to be a post office at 703 Ninth St. in Durham.Craig Kerins and Robby Johnston of The Raleigh Architecture Co. will complete the upfit.

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