Scandinavian House | NC Modernist Houses | B+O Design
Written By: Scott Ogden
“Architects live and die by the images taken of their work; as these images alone are what people see. For every one person who visits a private house, there may be ten thousand who only view it as a photo.”
-Julius Shulman, father of modern architectural photography in LA throughout the 40’s to the 80’s.
This sentiment couldn’t be more true with Pinterest, Houzz, and design blogs and plan websites as the prime way many people ‘shop’ for home ideas, be they full residential designs, spatial ideas, new materials/colors, or objects such as furniture, appliances or lighting.
Many of Shulman’s images are the reason that architects like Charles & Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, Pierre Koenig and others became household names after WWII. There’s a great documentary about him; (Visual Acoustics; The Modernism of Julius Shulman– which is available on AmazonPrime and sometimes shows on PBS and Sundance Channel) http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com/
In eleven or so years here in Wilmington, our office, B + O design studio, has developed a specialty of designing custom, contemporary, ‘green’ houses and buildings. As an architect and landscape architecture firm on the coast, we get to work on some wonderful, unique sites and neighborhoods in North Carolina. These are one-off, special residential buildings that need some planning and thoughtfulness in terms of capturing those photos that take it from the owner’s day-to-day, intimate use and understanding to sharing as spaces that communicate & encourage others to think ‘outside the box’- even if it is in actuality still a rectangular volume.
It’s also fun to document the process. Working with an architect is much different from that of a design/build/development or buying stock home plans; the process creates the product and each result is as different as the specific site and the arrangement of rooms & spaces of the program. This image is a GIF of an early rough perspective rendering of the house, bled into the house as finished.
Shulman had the luxury of LA’s mountains & Palm Springs deserts for the contrast of houses with clean lines to jagged mountains, exotic landscapes & sandy vistas. We’re in a flat relatively urbanized coastal plain with less distinctive natural topography, but when the subject, a simple grey & white box (that’s been nicknamed the ‘Scandinavian House’) is juxtaposed to the surroundings, the uniqueness of the architecture can stand out. Given that Wrightsville Beach is known for simple salt-box & mid-Atlantic vernacular forms, having the two adjacent houses in this shot shows contrast and difference at all levels. Windows (black vs. white), (big vs. single), trim (none vs picture framing), siding (lines/texture vs. flatness), accent color (grey vs white), Roof (flat vs. pitched), etcetera.
Lightroom presets are ever gaining in popularity due to the simple, consistent variety it allows a photographer to apply to each photo. With the rise of this popular Adobe program, other experts have stepped into the mix, adding a plethora of new and exciting presets. One such expert, is Sleeklens. https://sleeklens.com/
Sleeklens provided me with a the package they call Through the Woods Workflow. https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/ I was thrilled to jump in and see how well it enhanced the photo (common for all presets) while actually maintaining a natural look (uncommon for landscape, nature, and environmental photography).
I was looking for some specific traits:
WATERFRONT HOME! GORGEOUS VIEWS OF NEW RIVER!
Over 4,000 square feet of living space in beautiful Stone Bay Plantation! This home is located close to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and Topsail Island!
This home offers a first level Master Suite with a gorgeous bathroom. The living room boasts wall to wall windows for amazing views. The large, eat-in kitchen is every chef’s dream with an abundance of solid oak cabinets, granite countertops, an island, a microwave convection oven, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen has an abundance of solid oak cabinets, tiled backsplash, and recessed lighting which provides a classy, yet cozy ambiance.
A formal dining room perfect for entertaining is not far from the kitchen! The first level also has an office with built-in mahogany bookshelves and cabinets, a laundry room, as well as a pantry. Built-in cabinets can be found on either side of the fireplace.
There are 2 additional bedrooms, a large game room, and a bonus room (which can be used as another bedroom ) on the lower level. The large game room overlooks New River and offers plenty of room for a pool table and seating area, and also has a kitchenette perfect for entertaining your guests!
This gorgeous home has floor-to-ceiling windows, 9 foot ceilings, topped off with double crown molding which allows for spectacular views and an open and airy feeling.
This home comes equipped with energy efficient geo-thermal heating and A/C, double pane Pella windows. All appliances convey.
This long and majestic driveway paves the way to the home of your dreams!
North Topsail Beach is a hidden gem along the central North Carolina coastline. Dunes, sea grass, and wildlife are often seen while walking along the waterfront. The most remarkable thing about this hidden gem is the gorgeous and vibrant colors that are reflected off the water as the sun sets over the state of North Carolina. The soft pinks and purples begin to cover the Carolina blue sky as night sets in.
As the tide rolls out, the shoreline offers an amazing reflection as the sky turns from day to dusk during sunset.
Looking south and westward, you can see how the purple and pink deepens as nighttime sets in, contrasted by the brilliant orange in the west as the sun continues to set across the state.