Photo Credit: Gene Phillips Photography

North Highland Duplex

Project Description

The North Highland Duplex is a newly constructed duplex located in the heart of Inman Park located steps away from an entrance to the highly coveted and popular Beltline. A total of two single family units combined, each has an area of 2,528 square feet plus an attached 2 car garage and two open aired patios. Because of the close physical connection to the busy North Highland Avenue and the bustling Beltline, the building is pulled away from the street front. By opening up the corners of the building facing North Highland, this created an inviting and light filled edge while still being private and not directly on the main road.

Design Challenge

The narrow and lengthy required setbacks created a tight site plan to design upon. Because of the small lot to work with, the architects quickly met the required FAR with the programming requirements. Since there could be no more designed interior square footage, the idea was to bring the inside, out. By using the unused space above the garage, this created a large roof deck allowing the second floor to expand outside.

Physical Context

The design responds to the surroundings by the selection of the building materials as an ode to the former industrial areas on the west side of the neighborhood. The former General Pipe and Foundry, the Mead Paper plant and the Atlanta Stove Works are all within 500 feet, so the selection of brick and steel channels reflect that.