- Project Name
- Carrboro Hillside House
- pod architecture + design
- Douglas Pierson, AIA, and Youn Choi
- Project Types
- Single Family
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 2,500 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- Doug Pierson and Youn Choi, Architect/Designers
General Contractor: Newphire Building,Structural Engineer: Excel Engineering,Other: Stonehenge Masonry,Other: Adams/Oldcastle Products
- Project Status
The project is a new 2500-square-foot home for pod a+d’s partners in work and life, Youn Choi and Doug Pierson, and their two children.
Their 1.2-acre lot is in a 12-acre preserved wooded area adjacent to a flood plain with a year-round 100-foot creek setback, an oddly shaped buildable area, a steep hillside, and dense forest coverage.
The homeowners honored their challenging property by letting it suggest the house’s modern, minimal form. Composed of clean, clear lines and a refined material palette (black corrugated metal, glass, and polished concrete block), the architectural profile reflects the natural topography as it rises and twists its way up from the lowest creek-side level to the height of the hill. In the process, the form also reflects the spatial journey inside.
Committed to building the house as sustainably as possible, Choi and Pierson reused every Southern yellow pine tree that had to be removed by having them milled locally and returned to the site as cabinetry, casework, and flooring. Dramatic glazing frames views of the natural setting and allows natural light to flood the interior.