The 123 Hillcrest residence in North Carolina integrates indoor and outdoor living, allowing its owners to stay connected with nature. Architecture firm Alphin Design Build designed the house on an infill lot in Raleigh's first street-car suburbs established in the mid-1920s. The project has been recognized by the jury at this year's Matsumoto Prize Awards organized by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH).
The design doesn’t aim to mimic the architecture of the surrounding buildings, but tries to embody the spirit of the neighborhood. Four levels of living spaces are framed by two board-framed concrete walls that stretch from the public sidewalk into the site and the private service access area. A multi-level circulation gallery hall flows through the house and the site, establishing a strong connection between interior and exterior spaces.
The main living room is flexible and extends out towards the garden. This space offers views of several other areas of the house, creating a fluid spatial arrangement. A metal staircase connects all four levels and lead up onto the rooftop terrace which provides views of the neighborhood.
Photos by James West / JWest Productions