1970's: An Overview

March 1971

An Architects Residence
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Cogswell/Hausler Associates

The large central courtyard is the main distinguishing feature of this house. The architect incorporated the courtyard believing it would create a comfortable outdoor space to be used throughout most of the year and further expressing the importance of the indoor/outdoor integration. The architect also does a wonderful job of expressing the open floor plan and reminding the users where the primary gathering space is by raising a portion of the roof over the living room. The linear quality of the structure again, reminds the user of its connection to the site. The house begins to express contemporary details consistent with the later half of the mid-century movement through the heavy use of steel framing, sharp geometric lines and stark white exterior walls.