2012 | Downtown Residence | Chapel Hill, NC

The Chapel Hill Residence is a 2,800 square foot urban home, fitted onto a narrow, 1/8 acre site in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. The program for the two-bedroom and studio home was extruded vertically into a taut, three-story volume that carefully preserves the homeowners’ privacy while offering treetop vistas over the surrounding neighborhood. All of the home’s principal spaces open onto a dramatic, sunlit staircase that animates the home’s interior volumes. Special amenities include a third-story balcony adjoining the master bedroom suite, accessed through a movable glass partition and featuring an outdoor fireplace and grill. Views from this balcony extend for blocks east and west on Franklin Street, the signature thoroughfare of Chapel Hill.

Photography by Wyatt Blackwell