but unless otherwise noted, these houses are private property and
closed to the public -- so don't go tromping around uninvited.
The George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture
is a unique design competition featuring
$6,000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects,
and online public voting.
NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 in honor of
FAIA. Matsumoto was one of the founding faculty members of the NCSU
School of Design and created some of the state's most well-known and
well-loved Modernist houses.
Matsumoto Prize encourages young architects and prospective clients to continue the
Modernist movement in houses so important to North Carolina's
See entries and winners for
Most people don't realize, or even
suspect, that North Carolina has the
third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America.
Yet we do. The Prize promotes new talent and provides a motivating incentive to
young architects to keep the Modernist movement alive and thriving.
The Prize contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms
(architecture, art, furniture, and fashion) and recognizes the
significant economic and aesthetic impact of Modernism across our state. The Prize is unique.
It is the only juried
architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses on Modernist houses,
provides financial awards, involves a national jury plus public
voting, and connects to a major architectural archive. The Prize is a powerful way to engage the public and
demonstrate the unique talent of exceptional Modernist architects
and designers in North Carolina.
The 2013 Matsumoto
George Matsumoto, FAIA, Oakland, California, Honorary Chair
Frank Harmon, FAIA, Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, NC, Chair
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Larry Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Los Angeles, California
Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington
vote counts for 1/6 of the jury decision for final award determinations. The
houses with the highest number of public votes receive special recognition.
The 2013 Winners
The 2013 Matsumoto Prize
(chosen by jury, above):
The Rank House,
- $3,000 prize
The Chasen House,
Erin Sterling Lewis
- $2,000 prize
The Mountain Cabin,
- $1,000 prize
2013 People's Choice winners (received the most public votes):
The Dragonfly House,
Michael Ross Kersting
The Chasen House,
Erin Sterling Lewis
The Rank House,
The 2013 Entries
The 2008 Cartesian House,
Asheville. Structural Engineer: Woody Kloesel. Photographer: Stewart Young. Contractor: Sean O'Neill. Tile contractor: Asheville Tileworks. Hardwood Flooring: English Brothers. Cable Rail: American Cable and Rigging.
A spectacular promontory with views
to the east and to the south is situated 150' above an
abandoned rock quarry where a sheer stone face envelopes
you. The view from within the stone enclosure was found to
be in concert with the home's desire to shelter private
living spaces while giving clear views to the natural
bounty. Fractals and fragmentations of the quarry also
informed the home's volumes and their apertures. A dialogue
between cartesian geometry and sun, wind, and slope gives
way to a home that serves to temper or harness the sun and
wind according to seasonal desires.
Barbara Residence, designed by
Built by Tim & Anne Brown of New South Building Company;
other providers included Superior Walls, Meld Concrete
Countertops, Rice Metal Windows and Doors, Ikea Kitchens,
and Metalcraft Steelwork. |
This is a new home with attached
garage and apartment nestled in and
stepping up the natural rocky terrain, featuring: 10”
prefab concrete walls floating on a bed of graded stone w/
foam super-insulation; special aggregate concrete and bamboo
floors; wall and ceiling finishes with invisible
and/or minimalist trim; alternating-step
stairs, direct and indirect clerestory and
skylight natural lighting and LED mechanical lighting;
stepping ceilings and roofs with generous overhangs
for sun and rain control; spaces that step to,
look out to, and invite in the outside at every opportunity.
a lake in the midst of a traditional neighborhood rests a
villa called Dragonfly. Like its namesake, the home
gently sits by the water's edge appearing poised to take
flight. Two wings housing sleeping, cooking, eating,
and bathing areas are positioned opposite one another,
joined by a windowed interstitial living space from which
inhabitants can enjoy an intimate private courtyard view on
one side and an expansive lake vista on the other.
Systems and storage are built into thick, hollow
furniture-like walls that span the length of the structure,
passing from outdoors to indoors and back out again.
2012 Brame Residence, Durham, designed by
FAIA of Szostak Design.
Built by Aiello Builders.
Structural Engineer: Structural Visions.
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This three-bedroom, 3,800 square foot home, used for
frequent entertaining and family gatherings, demanded a
free-flowing, contemporary architectural response. The house
is comprised of two relatively opaque building volumes
flanking a visually and physically transparent central
living and entertainment space. The building masses to
either side of the living area contain the kitchen, study
and guest and master bedrooms. The home’s primary
exterior facades adopt a white painted masonry motif
characteristic of adjoining 30’s era residences. Broadly
projecting roof overhangs offer thermal protection and
present pleasantly sheltered outdoor spaces for three-season
2010 Smart/Stell House, Durham,
of Tonic Design. Built by Tonic Construction; Structural Engineer:
Kaydos-Daniels Engineers; Photos: Todd Lanning.
clients wanted a new house but not a new neighborhood. On
one of their daily walks they found a 40-year-old structure
for sale. The house, beyond repair, occupied a promising lot
with a southeast exposure to a small lake. The new home’s
design addresses two key site relationships: the
neighborhood context and the landscape of the lake. From the
street, the one-story building’s form is low, quiet and
horizontal. The building sits deep on the site, respecting
its adjacent neighbors. From the back the building opens up
to the lake displaying a large expanse of glass maximizing
the connection between the interior and the view.
The 2013 Rank Residence, Pittsboro,
of Tonic Design.
Built by Tonic Construction; Structural
Engineer: Kaydos-Daniels Engineers; Roof & Siding: Pickard
Roofing; Framing: Lozano Framing; Welding: Brandon Watkins;
Photos: Raymond Goodman.
This client came to us asking
for a “Modern Gothic” house. His interest in privacy, tall
vertical spaces, and a fascination with stairs drove the
design for the four-story house. Narrow vertical windows add
to the building’s verticality while allowing for fast,
affordable construction. These windows also provide the
desired privacy while playing on the idea of “arrow loop”
windows, which once provided protection for archers inside
2009 Lin House, Raleigh, designed and
Framing & Electrical: John Avery, October Builders;
Metal Work: G&S Iron Designs; Structural
Engineer: Kaydos-Daniels Engineers; Photos: Art
At about 4,000 square feet, this Midtown Raleigh house was
built by the owner as both the designer and the builder. The
house is a relatively shallow 32 feet deep by 52 feet wide
box clad in fiber-cement board and capped by a metal gable
roof, with a covered carport that gives depth to the front
and a back deck facing the woods. The house was built for
$76 per square foot, mainly by having the
owner/designer/builder doing a lot of the construction work.
2012 Chasen Residence, Raleigh, designed by
Matt Griffith AIA and
Erin Sterling Lewis AIA. Built by Axiom Green Build;
structural engineering by SGI Engineering; energy modeling
by Prime Energy Group; custom cabinets by Dopko Cabinetry.
The Chasen Residence is in a hip and evolving historic neighborhood just east of downtown Raleigh and was built as a young couple’s first home. The house is a first
in Raleigh - affordable, small, modern, and urban. The 1,450 SF plan confines the entries, stairs, kitchen, half bath,
and upstairs hallway to one side of the house, opening the remaining space for living. The house uses numerous
passive and active sustainable strategies, including daylighting, sun shading, cross ventilation, solar hot
water, photovoltaics, rainwater cisterns, an efficient SPFI envelope, and a high-efficiency mini-split HVAC system.
Total construction cost was $117/SF.
2010 Mountain Cabin, Boone, designed by
Chad Everhart AIA.
Builder and Interior Designer: Tim
Situated on a very small lot in a neighborhood
with prescriptive standards that mandate rustic dwellings,
this project reinterprets the stereotype inherent to
Appalachian log cabins. Designed for an Interior Design
professor with a large collection of mid-century modern
furnishings and a preference for austere aesthetics, the
cabin blends vernacular elements with simple, modern design.
Only 650 heated square feet of space, the shed-roofed cabin
stands as a model of affordable design and construction
through its minimal footprint, use of indigenous materials,
maximization of volume, and multi-use components.
2007 Timberwolf House, Lewisville, designed and
of Timberwolf Designs.
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The term "the plan was drawn on a napkin" is closer to
reality than most might accept. We have pages of
tattered notes and scribbling as we envisioned not just a
solar and modern home, but a pleasing solid sculpture as if
it grew from the hillside. For us, the earth a home is
built on should be the first guide to design. The home
is open, airy, informal, and as close to maintenance-free
now and for generations as the budget would allow.
Asheville, designed by Adam Sage Pittman of Sage Concepts
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The design of this house was inspired by the
revitalization of a former industrial district located a
block away from the French Broad River in Asheville. Paying
homage to older urban architecture now being re-purposed for
modern uses, I incorporated a semi barrel clerestory
roof-line, use of metal and natural wood accents, and a home
office opening up to a roof-top terrace. Three story decks
built around an established Oak tree, with staircase and
details milled from on-site trees, showcase a sustainable
coexistence with the home’s surroundings.