The Original Dwell Home
The Original Dwell Home was the winning design of the Dwell Home Design Invitational. Sixteen architecture firms from the US and abroad were selected to submit design entries. The winning design came from Resolution 4 Architecture, a firm based in New York City. Since then, the house has been the subject of national press attention and has received accolades from media, designers, and design enthusiasts. In April 2005 it was called "the most high-profile modern prefab house in America" by the Washington Post.
The project was a ground breaking case study for the marriage of prefabricated construction and cutting edge modern design. Many have credited the project as largely responsible for a resurgence of interest in modern prefab architecture. The magnitude of this interest was manifested when over 2,000 people arrived to view the home during construction in July of 2004. The house was completed in April 2005.
The home sits on 9.14 acres on a secluded hilltop surrounded by federal preserved lands yet located five minutes from downtown Pittsboro in Chatham County, North Carolina. The home is ideally sited to take advantage of views of the surrounding hills and access to thousands of acres of federally preserved Jordan Lake land. The exterior features cedar siding and concrete along with decks made of recycled composite materials. The bright, open interior spaces offer a visual connection to the outdoors, and include sustainable features such as bamboo flooring and passive solar orientation. The house has been featured extensively in the media, with coverage including the front page of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Some have stated that the Original Dwell Home may be one of the most recognizable modern houses built in the 21st century. Refer to our Press section for some of the past media coverage.