Southern architect Bobby McAlpine speaks to the seamless style of modern houses, and how he's turned his Georgia homestead into a quiet modern retreat.
Modern houses really very often have a seamless quality to them. So it is not so much an architecture of rooms and chambers as sort of drifts of spaces. Modern houses don't really fit in just everywhere. In some cases, when they have an aggressive ego to them, they look like mad teenagers at a dinner party. [LAUGH]. Henry Hova built this house for his mother. He called himself a modern-classic [UNKNOWN] So his houses mathematically seem to be very balanced and correct. They are as formal as a little bank building. I took it as it was, but I made it a little more modern. So I just modified it as if he had had a little more free rein. It's kind of a quiet modern, [UNKNOWN]. It tends to love everything you bring into it. It's beautiful neutral ground. It's always a great setup for a modern house, if you're not expecting it. If things are a little gritty, things are a little jungly and overgrown. And then all of a sudden, you come across something that's clean. And gem like. Then it becomes a bright spot. It's like a good joke, it really responds to a good setup. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]