A wedge-shaped property that sloped to a wetland nature preserve presented design challenges, and on top of those obstacles, homeowner Robin Koblick desired to create an “extraordinarily modern and unique home” in the Atlanta area.
The design and construction of the massive Roswell home, which took about five years, focused on complementing and reflecting the natural setting. A lagoon-style pool, as well as high ceilings and large windows in the living room, kitchen and other spaces, overlook the wetlands.
“Modern architecture can be really innovative and warm,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be cold, as people normally think of it.”
Resident: Robin Koblick, a licensed clinical social worker
Square feet: 13,680 square feet of air-conditioned space, plus more than 5,000 square feet in decks, a half basketball court, a four-car garage, golf cart storage and grotto; seven bedrooms, six full and four half baths, plus a sauna and shower
Year built: 2012
Architect and interior designer: KSGW Architects, based in Alpharetta
Contractor: KSGW/BMP Ventures
Architectural style: Modern. The front of the house faces the street, with an exterior of color-integrated stucco, natural stones and metal panels that require zero long-term maintenance.
Favorite architectural elements: High ceilings, large windows and exposed steel beams.
Interior design style: Modern. The home was created to appear transparent, light on its feet and seamless, said architect Gregory Washington, the principal and owner of KSGW Architects.
Favorite piece: The dining room table, which is 16 feet long, was designed by Washington and made of 2-inch-thick Santos mahogany by Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design. “We wanted to get a table with steel that looks like it’s floating,” Robin said. “We’ve certainly accomplished that task.”
Favorite outdoor features: The pool, bio-retention area (with the appearance of a garden and functioning as a natural water filtration area for all site and roof water runoff) and the natural vista. When you’re outdoors at night, it’s a “symphony of crickets and frogs,” Robin said. “It is really unbelievable.”
Landscaper: KSGW Architects and Archstone, based in Atlanta
Resources: American Elevators, Aquatic Center, Architectural Glass and Glazing, Bova Furniture, Cantoni, Carros Metal Concepts, C&C Fabricators, Ceramic Technics, GMK Audio and Video, Hansgrohe, Ma Pe Casa, Miele, Modern Metals, PDI, Poggenpohl, Roche Bobois, Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design, Summers Roofing, Triad Specialties
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