Contemporary Southern Homes, a new hardcover book published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, features three Modern houses designed by Frank Harmon Architect: the Low Country house in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; the Strickland-Ferris house in Raleigh, NC; and Frank’s own home, also in Raleigh.
In her introduction, author E. Ashley Rooney explains that her latest architecture book spotlights “twenty-one Southern design professionals whose architectural styles vary as much as the region. Their award-winning work ranges from the classical symmetry of Georgian Palladian to modernist traditions infused with fascinating flair...The work of these forward-thinking architects and designers helps us to envision new ways of living in the world.”
Our projects represented in the book exemplify Rooney’s appreciation for the “expansive, open floor plans, the seeming disappearance of the boundary between the exterior and the interior, and the use of indigenous materials” found in Southern contemporary homes:
...The Low Country house both welcomes nature and protects against it: The one-room-deep floor plan gives each room windows and porches overlooking Shem Creek while a series of handcrafted metal screens on the exterior can be lowered to protect all the glazing from flying debris during hurricanes. In their upright position, they provide shade for the glass.
...Harmon’s own home is an example of a house and gardens designed simultaneously as halves of the greater whole and equal parts of the living experience. Harmon designed the house with his late wife, landscape architect Judy Harmon. To give the house a sense of both strength and lightness, the couple used steel for the structure and an abundance of glass.
...The Strickland-Ferris house perches on broad-shouldered trusses to avoid disturbing the natural hydrology of its steep site. The entire two-story rear elevation is glass that, combined with clerestory windows on the other three elevations, makes the wooded exterior a constant presence inside the house’s open floor plan.
Contemporary Southern Homes (9-in. x 12-in., 424 color photos, 288 pages) is available from Schiffler Publishing at www.schifferbooks.com and on Amazon.