Category: Modern Architecture

Hammock House Takes Home a 2017 Matsumoto Prize

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We are happy to announce that our Hammock House won a 2017 Matsumoto Prize! Thank you to NC Modernists and congratulations to the other winning firms.  The Hammock House sits on a 40-acre farm in Columbus, NC with several spectacular old growth oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant views to Tryon Peak. The home is a new interpretation of utilitarian farm structures and brings a distinctly modern element Read more…

Loft Renovation Becomes a Home for Art

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Samsel Architect’s recent downtown loft renovation delivers a welcoming new home for our client as well as for his extensive art collection. As both an artist and collector, the homeowner wanted a space that was not only comfortable to live and create in, but also one that provided the ideal setting for his diverse art collection. We met this challenge by incorporating thoughtful illumination and a sensible color palette. This Read more…

Hammock House: A Modern Home on a Working Farm

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Our recently completed project, the Hammock House, is a new interpretation of utilitarian farm structures. This home sits in the foothills of North Carolina and brings a distinctly modern element to a rural working farm. Our clients decided to retire a little early because they longed for a simple farm life, so they purchased a 40-acre farm with pastures, mountain views and land dotted with towering old growth oak trees. Read more…

Join us for National Architecture Week

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It is the beginning of National Architecture Week, a time to recognize the positive roles and contributions architects play in the community. In honor of Architecture Week, AIA Asheville, along with sponsors Modern Asheville, is presenting two exciting events that are open to the public. REGIONALISM: Sustained living through site and community specific contemporary home design When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Where: Pack Memorial Library | Lord Read more…

A Modern Farmhouse for Blowing Rock Horse Farm

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Our clients had recently purchased 10 acres of rolling horse pasture and forested land south of Blowing Rock with the vision of building a homestead for their young and growing family. The first design task was to develop a master plan that considers the characteristics of the land and the various functions our client needed. A house, horse barn, garage and most importantly, lots of grazing pasture was needed. We Read more…

The Craven Gap Residence: Modern Passive Solar Home

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Our clients came to us after purchasing five acres of steep mountain land with great views looking down the Beaverdam Valley. Avid hikers and mountain bikers, they bought the land in part because of access to nearby trails and proximity to downtown Asheville. In addition, the south-facing slope allowed them to build the energy efficient, modern passive solar home they had been dreaming of. We started our process by studying Read more…

Update on Modern Pavilion House in Tryon

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One year ago this month, we revealed the design concept for a modern pavilion house outside of Tryon, North Carolina. The house is located on a 40-acre farm that has remarkable mountain views and land dotted with towering old growth oak trees. It was important to locate and organize the house so the owners would get spectacular views without compromising the health of the large oak trees on the property. Read more…

Samsel Architects Develops Mountain Modern Concept House

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Samsel Architects is developing a concept house for Ventana, a local neighborhood focused on sustainable living. This contemporary design will set the precedent for modern, sustainable homes within Ventana. The intent of our design is to engage with the natural landscape that surrounds the house, while minimizing impact on the existing forested ridge. A narrow footprint works with the mountain topography and limits construction costs of excavation and retaining walls Read more…

Two Samsel Homes Featured on Modern Architecture Tour

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As part of Modern Atlanta’s Design is Human week, Samsel Architects will be participating in the Modern Asheville satellite home tours. Two of our homes will be open for viewing, the Fontana Bridge Lake House and the Kenilworth Renovation. The homes featured on the tours showcase modern architecture and thoughtful design. Each environment was designed to match the unique lifestyle of the owners’ as well as the specific land surrounding Read more…

Old Fort Cabin Chosen as Award Finalist

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Our Old Fort Cabin project was selected as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. The home came in second place out of ten as voted on by the Fine Homebuilding readers. Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this two-bedroom mountain modern cabin was designed to be a relaxed counterpoint to the owners’ full-time residence.  The owners selected this land for the trout stream that bisects the Read more…