Hillsboro: Chapel Hill and Carrboro Homes Earns Statewide Design Awards!

Recently, two residences in Chatham County and Carrboro received a statewide distinction for their modernist architecture.

The Domeck Residence design by ThoughtCraft Architects was designated the George Matsumoto Prize winner by the Durham-based NGO and website NC Modernist. The yearly jury award, which honors the best examples of modernist residential architecture, bears the name of a founding member of the College of Design faculty at North Carolina State University.

The Domeck home is divided into four pavilions that are spread out across a single level and have a Chapel Hill location in Chatham County. The division of the home’s living, sleeping, parking, and recreational areas into separate structures is said to make it easier for the owners to move around the house throughout the day. Additionally, there are little landscape courts between each pavilion, a garden in the entry court, and a pool deck that surrounds two of the pavilions.

The architects say the project “celebrates everyday movement, makes you aware of the slow passage of time and provides moments of Zen” in a film on the design.

Jason Hart, the founding partner of ThoughtCraft Architects, told Chapelboro, “We’re incredibly delighted to have won. The prize carries a lot of significance with its illustrious jury and history. “We work hard to make sure that every property is special and suits the owner’s lifestyle. The experience of everyday routines with natural lighting and the stunning property vistas was carefully planned. Having some acknowledgment is wonderful for everyone concerned.

Hillsboro: Chapel Hill and Carrboro Homes Earns Statewide Design Awards
Hillsboro: Chapel Hill and Carrboro Homes Earns Statewide Design Awards

A residence in Orange County also received attention. Off Old Pittsboro Road, “Hillside House,” a home designed by Youn Choi and built by Doug Pierson, was awarded third place by the judges. The remarkable three-level home was built earlier in 2022 by Pierson and Choi, who operate pod architecture + design out of Chapel Hill and have lived there for six years.

Pierson describes the homes’ tiers as slithering down a steep hill and “fitting into the environment” of the nearby community by being separated from the road in a video entry for the award. The building flows from sleeping areas at the top, to workspaces in the middle, and to living areas at the bottom. It is largely carved into the hillside topography. According to Pierson and Choi’s contribution, the narrow form of that floorplan offers seclusion areas as well as “visual connectedness across the length and height of the house to enable dialogue.”

The house was notable for its “symbiosis between the architecture and the terrain,” according to NC Modernist. Additionally, it is designed to be more environmentally friendly in a number of ways. According to pod architecture + design, the interior temperatures stay warmer in the evenings and cooler throughout the day because of the building’s “thermal mass slab foundation and walls.” The house’s positioning on the hill also helps maintain cooler or warmer temperatures, reducing the demand for energy. Additional features in the walls, roof, and glass further cut down on energy usage.

Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough presented the 2022 George Matsumoto Prize competition on July 28.

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