EDWARD ANDREWS HOMES DESIGN CENTER
EDWARDS ANDREWS HOMES DESIGN CENTER Alpharetta, Georgia Edward Andrews Homes (EA Homes), an Atlanta-based custom builder turned to Cooper Carry to design their new 7,000 square foot design center. The company needed a fresh take on the typical builder showroom environment, foregoing the traditional kitchen and material vignettes for technology-based 3-D visualization. This allowed them to operate in a third of the traditional square footage. The technology platform was being developed simultaneously, with the intent to streamline the decision making process. Flexibility was a big driver, as they wanted to use the main design space for receptions too. Cooper Carryâ€™s challenge was to take a non-descript two-story building and convert it into a venue that would promote a positive and memorable experience for customers engaged in designing their new home. The style of the design center did not necessarily need to reflect the homes that are built, but rather an atmosphere that captures a comfortable southern hospitality mixed with industrial setting. Uncovering wood roof joists was a huge opportunity for an authentic warmth. Most psychologists rank building a home as one of the top five stressors. That is why this project evokes a very genteel, relaxed environment â€“ almost home-like. Customers are able to meet with EA Homes design consultants to select every aspect of their new dream home.
Connecting people to place
Cooper Carry Connecting people to place Focused on the innovative design of exceptional spaces and places, Cooper Carry is one of the nation’s most dynamic, context-driven design firms. Our projects are crafted to enrich the experience of the people who interact with them for a day or a lifetime. An internationally recognized team of design professionals, with vast experience in a variety of project types, collaborate in the pursuit of excellence through the practice of connective design. Since our founding in 1960, we have steadily built a reputation for our attention to detail, thoughtful design and client service. Each project is a composition of imaginative connections amongst buildings and their components. But it doesn’t stop there as we strive to incorporate our projects’ interaction with surrounding buildings, communities and the environment . . . all of which are impacted by the other. Connecting people to place is the cornerstone of our design philosophy and it is that connectivity which anchors our architectural, planning and urban design approach. As an example, our design process treats landscape with equal in importance to buildings and we pursue excellence in landscape design just as carefully as we do the design of the building itself. The net result then is that we combine architecture and landscape design into a rich composition of functional, thoroughly connected spaces, formed to enhance and join the experience of the inhabitant, thus celebrating not only the interior, but exterior environment as well. Almost since our founding, sustainability has served as the foundation of our connective design philosophy. The result is that our team is inspired by the interconnections amongst natural systems which support our lives—plants, animals and the physical world they inhabit. Consequently, we collaboratively pursue creative design solutions using nature as our model with the result being a more holistic project. The connective design process simply assesses the sustainability of materials, the suitability of assembly methods, and the options for organizing buildings and landscapes into compositions which tend to maximize the advantages of solar orientation, weather, natural light, building conditioning, and other variables which affect the building’s environmental performance. In essence, we seek ways to optimize the human experience, thereby elevating the quality of life for all who come to live, work or play within the spaces and places we design.
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