The Modern Atlanta Home Tour is a two day self-guided tour of homes in Atlanta. The architecture tour is mostly private residences, but occasionally a few commercial buildings are featured. It is usually held on a weekend in mid June – MA was founded in 2007. The tour is the finale of “Design is Human Week” – a week of speakers and events focusing on design, sustainability, and innovation.
Project name: 200 Pearl
Location: 200 Pearl St. SE, Atlanta, Ga 30316
Architect: Brian Ahern & Jeff Darby of Darby Construction
Year Completed: 2012-2013
Square Footage: 1,950 sq ft.
Construction time: five months
200 Pearl is part of a set of three homes on the tour by the same architect: Described as “baby moderns” – all feature open living spaces & “unexpected” exterior spaces in common. 3 bed room, 3 bath. The tour book specifically sites: spray foam insulation and aluminum windows for energy efficiency. To create a modern aesthetic the houses use variable ceiling levels, flat roofs, concrete floors on the main level, random-width oak floors & minimal interior trim. Cementitious panels are used on the exterior. Local trades people sourced readily available materials, “making each home unique”. Each home boasts a “european kitchen”…. (aka, Ikea.) None of the homes had garages. The feature that makes 200 stand apart from the other two Pearl Street residences is it’s green roof paired with the roof-top terrace.
The profile of this house, which is basically two rectangles, reminds me of a home made of containers or possibly a prefab/modular house. To me, this house feels much smaller than the other two Pearl homes – it is smaller, but only by 150-200 sq. ft..
The patio through the sliding door off of the living room – at the back of the house. The opening in the patio roof was a great way to make the ceiling feel less heavy and vent the fire pit – though, I do wonder about functionality if it rains.
Back inside – after walking back through the front door, this is down the right-side hallway… there is a little hall to the first bedroom suite on the right. (Facing the front of the house.) Notice the single wooden slab step between the different levels of concrete floor.
First bedroom. Note the super low horizontal windows that work well for “sitting views”. Since it was separated by its own little hall, that was two steps down from the first floor, this bedroom felt more private and separated from the rest of the house. This room could easily function as an office, especially since it isn’t near the front door.
The second floor has oak flooring and two bedrooms, two bathrooms, & the roof terrace. Since these bedrooms were on a different floor than the first (and since the first felt so private), it was easy to forget that this was a three bedroom house.