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CARRBORO HOUSE in North Carolina by CUBE design + research
February 1st, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: CUBE design + research
The client asked us to create a home that was modern, green, affordable, and designed for aging. The property is a beautifully wooded half-acre lot in Carrboro. We responded with single-level living that builds in accessibility clearances and easily adapted amenities for aging. To keep the home affordable, we kept the plan compact and simplified the details. The form and planning of the house shift to mediate privacy from neighbors and views of nature at every turn.
The home and the property unfold together and invite a sense of discovery, movement, and comfort. A strong axial sequence of spaces moves you from the street to the front door. An old-growth grove of trees shields the home from the street. The horizontality of the roof moves your eye out to nature; while a vertical wall, inspired by tree bark, grounds the house and signifies entry while separating private and public spaces inside. Movement throughout the house (down the hall, through a door, or across the room) is always toward a view of the outdoors, while natural light pours in from above with carefully placed skylights.
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