Modern Studio’s Design of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse Opens

The front exterior features brick and cantilevered archetypal gable.

On February 29, the 2020 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse opened for tours in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The residence was designed by HD Modern Studio director Robert A. Tretsch III. Its main structure interlocks two archetypal gables, with mirrored panels on the upper volume reflecting the outdoors to minimize the home’s sense of massing.

The vertiginous staircase and stair halls provide expansive views through the glass curtainwall in
the open living area.

Before beginning work, Robert listened to the Symphony’s premiere 1945 performance. The shifts and crescendos in several of the pieces spurred his design concept for the residence. The restrained front exterior of the home is countered by a dramatic interior visual progression ending in a light-filled, voluminous, central living space with glass curtainwall. The interior integrates innovative technology, such as a massive digital art display wall.

In contrast to the low-profile front, the rear reveals the stacked three stories that connect the home with its outdoor setting.

For the showhouse, 20 designers created spaces, including HD’s Karen Ferguson, director of interiors and 2019 SEDY winner, who designed the foyer with its inventive play of dark and light, and modern-yet-warm powder room.

Sponsored by Atlanta magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME magazine, the showhouse celebrated the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, with ticket sales benefiting the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs.

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