CONTRIBUTOR Emili McMakin
Riceville Rd Private Residence
The residents of this contemporary home approached us with some very specific objectives. One of the most fun was they were going to be building the home themselves and we were to help them navigate the world of construction. We became not only their architects, but also their teachers, tool lenders and sometimes therapists.
The polished concrete floors run throughout the 1600 sqft home. Each niche and corner designed with specific function. The house has an open floor plan with a private master suite. The master suite contains the master bath, bedroom and closet and is contained in the smaller volume of the two. The larger volume houses the living room, kitchen, guest suite, and mech./laundry room.
The exterior of the home is sheathed in corten panels, cypress siding and an accent wall of bark panels that extends from the interior to the exterior at the entry foyer.
The interior focused on clean lines and large windows to draw your eye out to the view of the blue ridge park way that snakes it way along the mountains on the horizon.
Check out more pictures on our flickr account.
Another Restaurant Making News
A couple of months ago, we posted a blog about a restaurant we designed that made the news. Well, we’re back with another post about one of our restaurant designs that’s featured in the Asheville Citizens Times! Opening soon in South Asheville on Hendersonville Road is the new restaurant concept, Asia Wrap. We’ve taken an old McDonalds and given it an upscale Asian-inspired theme. The food will be a delicious, healthy take on Asian fast-casual food, and nearly all of it will be in a wrap. Check out Asia Wrap’s website for more information on their restaraunt and to see other renderings of our design work.
Dough in the News
We love seeing our clients featured in websites, news, and magazines. Last month Dough, a local bakery, restaurant and market, was featured in a blog post by Garden & Gun. Not only was the food praised, but the space was hailed as “sleek.” Whether it’s a delicious cinnamon bun recipe that draws your interest or you’re looking for more information on a great place to shop & eat, check out this article!
2013 Year in Review
It’s been a great year for us at Form & Function. We’ve had the opportunity to work on some excellent projects, and we’ve added two new folks to our staff.
Take a look at what we’ve accomplished this year:
What was the original real estate office for the Cliffs Community in what is now the DuPont State forest got a full renovation. The cabin is now a visitor center for the many visitors that come to the park. The lower level is now an office for the Forest Rangers.
An existing 1970’s restroom facility needed a grand facelift. With all new fixtures, roof, siding, interiors and ADA compliant upgrades, this restroom facility will now be in commission for many more years for the State Forest.
118 WT Weaver Boulevard
UNCA’s acquired old MAHEC building. We renovated the existing building for its new tenants. The Advancement Department will be moving into the upper floor of the building while the new Student Health Services will be taking over the bottom floors.
Residential Fireplace & Home Renovation
Our clients took the unfortunate incident of a chimney fire and turned it into an opportunity. We vaulted the ceiling in their living room, foyer and bedroom and designed a new fireplace with built-ins.
We have several wonderful projects in the works for 2014.
– Industrial pre-engineered metal building for a large local industrial client
– Unique restaurant on Riverside Drive
– Fast-casual restaurant with a new take on delicious, Asian cuisine
– Private artist studio and residence
– Modern single family Residence in East Asheville
– Renovations for Buncombe County Schools
-Reroofing of state ADACT facility
Thank you to all our clients and business associates for making our job fun, challenging, and rewarding. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Where it all began…well for a lot of us at least
I know many an architect who start their career at a young age with Legos, lots and lots of Legos. Red ones, blue ones, and only a few shapes and sizes (nothing like they are now). Lego seems to understand this very well. You may have seen the Lego Architecture Series, if not, it is Lego building sets for adults. The models are architectural masterpieces, such as The Farnsworth House and Fallingwater and many classical architectural wonders.
Lego is now helping us all go back to our childhood roots. They have just launched The Lego Architecture Studio.
All the blocks are white or translucent. They come it lots of wonderful shapes and sizes and they are just what I want for my birthday (hint, hint). Here is a great video of their launch at Lego World in Copenhagen.
I wonder if we will start seeing buildings with little knobs on top.