May 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Kenneth Hobgood Architects Wins 2012 AIA Triangle Design Award
May 4, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Award-winning architect Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA, recently added another accolade to his resume when his firm’s modern renovation of, and addition to, a traditional residence in Raleigh received a 2012 AIA Triangle Merit Award.
AIA Triangle is the Triangle region section of the American Institute of Architects’ North Carolina chapter. The organization presented its 2012 design awards on April 19.
The award-winning project is on a wooded and sloping lot in an established neighborhood inside the Raleigh beltline. Originally a “spec” house built in the 1960s, it featured typical symmetrical fenestration and small, unorganized interior spaces, especially after a series of small additions to the rear.
“It did not take full advantage of the very unique architectural opportunities provided by this rare site,” said Robert Thomas, AIA, a principal at Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects. “The living spaces were located at the back of the lot, with an orientation to the side yard. The front of the house contained a huge walk-in closet and two small bedrooms up, and a large bathroom with two bedrooms below.”
The clients wanted an open, modern living space, the high property costs near the center of city made a complete teardown impossible.
“The challenge was to preserve enough of the existing house to make the project viable, while providing an entirely new image and spatial quality for the house,” Thomas said.
The firm’s scheme preserved the more singular and iconic gabled roof volume, removed all of the interior partitions, and completely reorganized the programmatic components to shift the focus of the house.
The new floor plan features an on-grade access to a new terrace at the rear, while pushing all of the common/public space to the front of the house to take advantage of the views. Rather than an alignment and orientation to the narrow side yards, the plan now stretches along a line perpendicular to the length of the lot and provides two unique experiences of the site: one on grade to the rear and one that floats above, and projects above, the top of the hill at the front.
Materials used include platform framing with standard steel pipe columns and laminated veneer lumber at the front, existing brick, Hardi® siding with aluminum reveals, aluminum storefront framing, translucent polycarbonate panels, wood floors, gypsum board, and white oak millwork.
Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects is particularly well known for its modern, minimalist residential designs that have won multiple design awards since Kenneth Hobgood founded the firm in 1992. For more information, visit www.kennethhobgood.com.
For more information on AIA Triangle, go to www.aiatriangle.org.