Adam Sebastian is no stranger to modern design. He and his partners at STICH Design shop have been leaving their modernist print all over Forsyth County, in particular two iconic parks in Downtown Winston-Salem – Bailey Park and ARTivity on the Green. Sebastian himself has already won a Matsumoto Prize for his design of the modernist Hole In One House in Lewisville, taking first place in the People’s Choice award in 2012. Now his design of the BlauHaus in Winston-Salem is in competition for this year’s prize.
The George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture is a unique design competition featuring $6,000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally-known architects, critics, and designers, and online public voting. NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 honor of George Matsumoto, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where Sebastian received both a BA and a Master’s degree.
Matsumoto created some of North Carolina’s most well-known and well-loved Modernist houses, and the prize named for him encourages young architects and prospective clients to continue the Modernist movement in houses.
Although North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America, Winston-Salem does not have many of these homes. Sebastian is proud of the contribution that the BlauHaus makes to the Modernist movement in his home county. “It was a step in the right direction for modern residential homes in Winston-Salem,” Sebastian said, adding “There aren’t many modern homes in Winston-Salem, much less the Triad.”
BlauHaus means “the blue house” in German, named in initial conversations about the home in honor of the owner’s German heritage, but the house did not wind up with anything blue when completed. The design of the home sought to join some of the traditional elements of German homes with a modern design, elements of which can be seen in the German-influenced gable style roof mixed with a modern, flat roof.
The home features geo-thermal heating and cooling. The house was situated on the lot to take into account the views as well as accommodate a creek running across the property, the latter of which was joined to the design by a “cow’s tongue” water feature which shoots water off of the roof and routes it back into the creek.
The 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home also contains a library, studio, bike room and storage rooms in addition to the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The home features a lower level deck and a roof top deck, providing ample outdoor living space.
Sebastian says he would love for the BlauHaus to win an Matsumoto award again this year. While part of the competition is juried, there is an award, the People’s Choice award, which is selected by the public through online voting. If you would like to vote for the BlauHaus, click HERE, and you will find the house at the very bottom of the page. You can also view several photos of the BlauHaus HERE.