Earlier this week, MT Studio invited a co-op homeschool class into our office for a lesson on city planning. Our architectural designers, Rebecca and Hannah, put together a presentation describing the varying scales of planning from rural landscapes to city centers. The class learned the concepts of scale and context as well as transitions of the zones through an urban transect diagram. The students were able to identify the factors that create urban density, such as streets, city blocks, and mixed-use environments. At the end of their lesson, they were asked to create a fill-in-the-blank drawing to complete a city street - they did such a great job! Check out their drawings below.
Hill gutted the building -- which was built in 1901 and previously served as a barbershop where Martin Luther King Jr. got his hair cut -- and redid the electrical systems and plumbing.
Then she worked with the design team here at MT Studio Architecture in order to bring her vision to life!
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MT Studio Architecture is excited to showcase some of our favorite photos and press coverage from the Holmes design process. Check out the curated selection below, and let us know what you think in the comments. For more information about Restaurant Holmes, click here and you will be redirected to the Alpharetta City Center website.
Mood Board Mondays: one of our favorite Instagram traditions. For more material inspiration like this one, you can follow us on IG by clicking here.
Here's one from the archives: a living room remodel from 2012.
We are so excited about the progress being made on this beautiful home, in its fantastic location next door to Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park.
A 3 bed/3 bath home featuring a large, open, inviting living space, re-worked roof line, and new stairs up to the bedrooms as well as a more comfortable set of stairs down to the basement.
The basement will include shop space, a photography studio, equipment storage, and loading access between car and basement. Our clients for this project work in the film industry and will furnish their renovated home with specially curated items of furniture re-purposed from old film sets.
Landscape designed with low walls and planters will line the path from the driveway to the rear entry of the house.
Stay tuned for updates!
Our primary focus here at MT Studio is history: historic preservation, renovation, remodeling, and repair. By incorporating modern amenities into pre-existing historic structures, we are able to create new homes and dazzling commercial spaces while retaining historic significance and minimizing footprint. Take, for example, these offices in Alpharetta. Converting retail space to offices is an interesting prospect that potentially portends a larger real estate trend. With the Brixmor project, we were granted an incredible opportunity to bring our knowledge of contemporary design, our collective attention to detail, and our ability to listen and visually communicate our design intent to build a beautiful space in which to work.
MT Studio was tasked with the interior design for these 12,000 square foot offices, and after careful coordination with the rest of the design/build team, we provided new finishes for the floors, walls, and ceilings as well as professional guidance for specialty light fixtures in the lobby, conference, and break rooms. On the exterior, our team specified lighting locations and types as well as colors. We also recommended furniture-type outdoor items like planters and benches, in order to complete the finished look of the space.
Since 2015, we have designed three new projects in Cabbagetown - and we are now starting on our fourth! That's a new Cabbagetown project every year! This neighborhood is highly regulated by the Urban Design Commission (UDC) which helps maintain a living tradition of an ongoing historic aesthetic - something architects refer to as vernacular.
Vernacular architecture is an architectural style that is designed based on local needs, availability of construction materials and reflecting local traditions
"Vernacular is the language of architecture that is specific to a time period," Hannah explains, "we love the added challenge of staying consistent with the vernacular while bringing these historic homes into the present with modern-day upgrades."
"I saw this the other day and had to capture it. This is right off the BeltLine. I like the extreme pitch for the steep roofs, and all the texture. It's not our design, but it's still good." Tarver
“Vertical versus horizontal - nice, clean lines.” Hannah
"It’s a new take on the cookie-cutter houses that have been popping up - but it’s Scandi, which adds interest.” Rebecca
"Scandi" is designer-speak for "Scandinavian design," which is a movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism, and functionality.
For the second year in a row, MT Studio Architecture is a proud sponsor of Cabbagetown's annual Chomp and Stomp. It's great to give back to the community we work in!
Get ready Alpharetta, Restaurant Holmes is underway and coming soon in 2018.
At MT Studio Architecture and Interiors, we believe in the power of a sketch. A quick sketch can go a long way in helping our clients visualize their space whether it be their house or their business. Here are a few examples of what you might see from us in a design meeting.
Meet Rebecca, another of our fabulous architectural designers!
Rebecca graduated with a bachelor degree in Architecture from Kennesaw State University and is now pursuing her licensure. When not at the office, Rebecca spends her time reading and playing with all her friends' dogs.
Introducing Hannah, one of our fabulous architectural designers!
Raised in a small town in Georgia, Hannah set her sights on moving to Atlanta and pursuing her passions in art and architecture at a young age. She graduated from Kennesaw State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Business Administration. With several years of experience in the entertainment industry and public relations, Hannah now enjoys working on the unique projects at MT Studio. She is currently pursuing her architectural licensure, and in her free time you’ll find her adventuring outdoors, creating projects around her home, and spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their three cats.
Hiring an architect and interior designer can be a daunting process. To help our clients get to know us better, we are starting a new blog series introducing our staff members. This week we start with Laura Jenkins who recently joined our team as a Senior Interior Designer.
Laura has a unique background, with roots in the South (Nashville) and formative years spent in the Northeast. She is an NCIDQ certified interior designer whose design philosophy is influenced by her passion for art, history and literature. With her highly attuned eye and knowledge of historical and contemporary context, she's able to quickly home in on a project’s design aesthetic and capture its true spirit. She’s worked on a variety of retail, residential, corporate and hospitality projects resulting in multiple award winning designs. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with concentrations in interior design and art history from Georgia State University and was honored as an IIDA breakout designer in 2014. In her free time, Laura enjoys music, studying French & British history, reading and spending time with her husband and architect, McLean, son Archer and their standard poodle Louis XIV.
You can find her full professional résumé here: link to profile
*photograph by Beri Irving Photography