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: Witter Residence
Location: 524 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030
Architect: Staffan Svenson, Density, LLC.
Landscape: CORE Landscape Group, Inc.
Year Completed: 2013
Square Footage: 4,500 sq ft.
– car port
– front porch, living room, bathroom
– kitchen, dining area, flex room, bathrooms, back porch
– two office spaces, balcony
– two bedrooms, bathroom, master bedroom and bathroom
The most striking feature of this home is the cat-walk metal bridge inside the living space that connects the bedroom level with the two office spaces. The owners are writers and work from home – the architect said that they wanted a physical transition within the house: from home-life to starting the work day. The bridge bends and slopes, and the deck is made of widely spaced grid metal – intentionally creating a difficult transition to and from the offices.
You would think that the most noticeable feature of the living room would be the “porthole” round windows or the folding porch doors… but the first thing that grabs attention in the space is the metal catwalk. It is fun how the spherical light fixtures mimic the round windows.
The catwalk connects the sleeping quarters with the two office spaces at he front of the home. Since it was required for all the guests on the tour to remove their shoes, you could really feel how much the widely-spaced metal hurt your bare feet. This was completely intentional – the home owners wanted to be forced to get dressed to go to the office in the morning. Believe me, when working from home, wearing comfy pants and socks is a very tempting thing.
Metal table leg detail on a live edge table. It’s fun being able to look a specific details in other homes that apply to your own projects. At the time, we were looking specifically at stair rails, baseboards, and table leg details.