Mid Century Home Design: Chiles Residence in Raleigh

Mid Century Home Design Chiles Residence in Raleigh

What does mid century home design exactly mean? In her book entitled Mid Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s published in 1984, Cara Greenberg used the term “mid century home” to describe houses that make use of styles, architecture, furniture and accents that emerged in the middle of the 20th century, specifically from 1945 to 1965, even stretching up to the early 1970s.

This architectural style usually describes one-level tract homes with horizontal lines, plenty of large windows, open flow from one room to another, and smooth transition between indoor and outdoor areas. Geometric shapes and clean lines are seen in furniture designs.

A good example of a beautiful mid-century home is the Chiles Residence, a 3,500 square foot house built for John and Molly Chiles who are both art collectors. The entire house was built on an old steel and wood framework. It is overlooking the Crabtree Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Created by Tonic Design + Construction, the home is made with rusted steel panels, white painted steep beams, and various features of wood, glass and aluminum. There’s a roof garden that evokes “feeling of height and expansion” where the owner can entertain his guests and hold social gatherings.

The design team wanted to create something that would be considered “a piece of art in the middle of the nature”. Apart from the massive space that ensured comfortable living for the dweller, the home was designed in such a way to provide open perches and peaceful retreat on the wooden hill location.

A must-not-miss feature of the home is the gorgeous spiral staircase that serves as a connection between the roof deck and the living area below. It was created by McConnell Studios.

When you look at the house from the outside, it seems like it’s almost transparent with the steel structure serving as framework and the glass coverings as walls.

This housing project has received numerous awards including:

  • 2009 Sir Walter Raleigh Design Award
  • 2008 Custom Home Design Award
  • 2007 Custom Home ‘Frame of Reference’
  • 2007 News & Observer Home of the Month ‘Modern Resurrection’
  • 2007 DXR: Design Expo Raleigh Show
  • 2006 AIA North Carolina Honor Award

Mid Century Home Design: Chiles Residence in Raleigh