Architecture: pod architecture + design Owner: Douglas Pierson, AIA, and Youn Choi
The project is a new 2400-square-foot home for pod architecture + design's partners in work and life, Youn Choi and Doug Pierson, and their two children. Their 1.2-acre lot is in a 12-acre preserved wooded area adjacent to a flood plain with a year-round 100-foot creek setback, an oddly shaped buildable area, a steep hillside, and dense forest coverage.
The designers/homeowners honored their challenging property by letting it suggest the house’s modern, minimal form. Composed of clean, clear lines and a refined material palette (black corrugated metal, glass, and polished concrete block), the architectural profile reflects the natural topography as it rises and twists its way up from the lowest creek-side level to the height of the hill. In the process, the form also reflects the spatial journey inside.
Committed to building the house as sustainably as possible, Choi and Pierson reused the Loblolly pine trees that had to be removed by having them milled locally and returned to the site as wall panels, casework, and flooring. Black accent walls are repurposed liner material from poured concrete forms. The floors on the lowest level are polished concrete with radiant heating supplied by the tankless water heater system underneath. And the polished concrete blocks used for the foundation and retaining walls are insulated from within.
Dramatic glazing frames views of the lush setting and allows natural light to flood the interior.
An old barn on the property will soon be recycled into new offices for pod architecture + design.
Architecture & Interiors: Doug Pierson, AIA, and Youn Choi, principals and owners - pod architecture + design, Chapel Hill, NC (www.podand.com) Green Home Builder: Kevin Murphy, Newphire Building, Chapel Hill, NC Structural Engineer: Rob Munach, Excel Engineering, Carrboro, NC Lumber Supplier: Fitch Lumber & Hardware, Carrboro, NC Stone Masonry: Stonehenge Masonry and Adams/Oldcastle Products, both Youngsville, NC Metal Cladding Supplier: Sales Manufacturing Corp., Mocksville, NC Radiant flooring expert: Mike Torville, Carrboro, NC Photography: Cornell Watson for Chapel Hill Magazine and Youn Choi