Be Modern, Live Green at Vireo in Uptown Charlotte, NC

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Posted by Heidi Fiscus at 8:53 AM

Vireo, located at 905 & 909 Westbrook Drive, has four modern energy efficient and eco-friendly condominiums with two different floor plans, three at 1,600+ square feet and one at 1,700+ square feet. Both floor plans have three living levels complete with a modern open floor concept. Each unit has a master suite and a second master suite both with walk-in closets. The main master suite has a walk-out roof terrace overlooking the street and neighborhood. Each unit has a private attached two-car garage on the first floor.

The location, in the heart of Third Ward, is hard to beat if you are looking to live Uptown but want a neighborhood setting instead of a concrete jungle. Vireo is close to all major highways and within walking distance to Bank of America Stadium, the new Knights Stadium, Gateway Village, and Frazier Park.

All condos in Phase 1 are currently under contract. You can signup here to receive updates on the next modern home development in Uptown Charlotte.

The Johnson House Kitchen Renovation in Charlotte, NC

Monday, May 13, 2013 - Posted by Guest Blogger at 11:00 AM
This week our guest blogger is Geri Cruickshank-Eaker of Freespace Design. Geri has over 25 years of work experience in design, photography and academia in the UK, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the US.

Exciting things are happening at the Johnson House here in Charlotte!

This compact (290 square foot) kitchen had to accommodate a family of five. The owners wished for an environmentally friendly space with an open floor plan and a custom built island for entertaining. They also wanted it to look very contemporary with a splash of color, particularly RED. They were on a mid-range budget and we had to work with pre-purchased appliances.

This is the end product:

The "Red Line Continuum" concept was used to create visual boundaries within the space. We used a wide variety of modern materials, textures, forms and colors. The bright red wall wraps around the sink area and is angled to intersect the sliding wall cabinet to create a series of linear volumes. A red ribbon begins as a ceiling soffit over the island accommodating the long island light, turns at 90 degrees to meet the adjacent wall, continues down the wall cabinets and onto a floor of red mosaic tile ending its journey on the inside face of the central island.

IKEA cabinets were used due to budget, range of finishes and colors, and the flexibility of the available parts with the ability to mix and match. Two finishes were chosen, high gloss melamine in three colors and stainless steel. The wrap around countertop was custom built in pure white Silestone.

The kitchen window was redesigned with sliding panels to emphasize the linearity of the design and to filter natural light across the working area. They also use it as a serving hatch to the deck. The backsplash was finished with bamboo and back-painted glass. We used anodized aluminum channel for the transition to the white glass and ribbed aluminum laminate. The backsplash highlights the energy-saving induction cook top and black glass sculptural Italian cooker hood. All lighting was designed to give as many lighting variations as possible using a dimmable LED. This includes strip lighting below and above cabinets.

Old and new oak flooring was given a dark stain to blend in and to give a contemporary feel to the space. The island was designed in 3 sections in GFRC, with integral/removable 3-way chopping board, long Elkay bar sink, and a laminated, glass-topped bar seating section.

Geri Cruickshank-Eaker is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is distinctly contemporary with an unerring attention to detail influenced in part by her time spent in Japan during an internship with Takao Endo Architects in Osaka.

Bringing Sexy Back at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art :: Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Posted by Heidi Fiscus at 9:38 AM
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The bold and dramatic Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is located at 420 South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility is a 36,500 square foot museum space with four floors, dedicated to the exhibition of inspiring mid-20th-century modern art. The museum is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, a Charlotte resident and native of Switzerland.

The museum opened to the public on January 2, 2010 bringing a much needed modern, sexy, chic aesthetic to Uptown Charlotte. Mario Botta, a world renowned Swiss architect, combined traditional material into a minimalist design. The architecture includes an outdoor sculpture helping to define the type of art displayed inside by major figures of 20th-century modernism. Other design elements include a glass atrium extending through the center of the museum, vaulted skylight system, open floor plan, terra cotta exteriors, and cantilevered fourth floor gallery. Botta also used other natural materials including steel, black granite, polished concrete, and wood throughout the museum creating a relaxing atmosphere with tons of natural light.

Don't miss Modern Mondays at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

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Where Modern Meets Nature

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Posted by Heidi Fiscus at 3:00 PM
"The Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, offers its 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005)."
Photo Credit: Eirik Johnson

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For anyone who knows me well they know I am in love with nature and simple living AND I also love unique modern architecture. The Glass House is surely the definition of unique modern architecture, absolutely stunning and inspiring! It seems a lot of modern architecture is built with the surrounding landscape in mind but this home takes it to a whole other level. Completely construction with glass and steel, this house exemplifies pure minimalism intertwined with nature. The Glass House reminds me of the Bates House Turned Simmons House here in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Philip Johnson lived in this glass house from time of completion in 1949 until his death in 2005. The original architecture and even the original decor, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, has never been changed. This house is truly an iconic work of modern art!

Now I just have to find the right piece of land in the Carolinas!

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Photo Credit: Eirik Johnson

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