Home Designs Published by Niklas Larsen, Saturday, March 25th 2017, 11:15:53 AM.
The Family of art collectors John and Molly Chiles found this mid century house in terrible condition, but they also found that the steel structure of the mouse was still strong and decide to build a new, dramatic open-designed house based on the remain. The concept and the form of the new house provides open perches and shelter both for retreat for the family and the extensive art collections. The main level’s modern, open floor plan creates loft-like spaces in which low walls, area rugs, and mid-century modern furnishings loosely define boundaries between living room, dining room, office, kitchen, and breakfast area. This plan encourages movement through the various spaces and levels of the house.The roof garden combines elements that serve, both in form and reason, to counter the clearly defined steel structure and to evoke feelings of height and expansion. Because her house is sited halfway down a hillside and nestled in a stand of old-growth beech trees, Molly Chiles envisioned the roof deck as a large-scale “table on top of the house” where friends could gather for social occasions in a space with views across the treetops to the distant horizon.As a design/build firm, Tonic worked with a structural engineer and steel crafters to fabricate a striking spiral staircase that connects the main living level to the roof deck. Clipped onto the side of the house, the outdoor stair’s helical form stands in contrast to the grid-like steel structure.A gently curving driveway offers ever-changing vantage points to view the house’s exuberant form. A steel and ipe wood bridge spans a private walled garden and connects the drive to the front door. Project Name: Chiles Residence. Location: Raleigh, North Carolina. Architecture: Tonic Design Contractor: Tonic Construction. Structural engineer: Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Steel craft: McConnel Studios, Raleigh, NC. Photographer: Jim West, Raleigh, NC.
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