Carpenter, founder and president of Decatur-based architectural/design firm Lightroom Studio, has become a staple of the fifth annual event, slated to run June 1 through 10.
“It’s an exciting time to be a designer,” Carpenter said. “It’s also attainable in the way that we live.”
Lightroom’s dual missions —designing modern homes and working on unique historic preservation projects — recently crossed paths, culminating in one of the homes featured on the Modern Atlanta home tour.
That dwelling, the Park Loudermilk house, is located in Decatur’s MAK historic district, which in itself presented a conundrum for Carpenter. The city’s building code does not allow contemporary/modern homes to be built in the aforementioned district.
Lightstudio ultimately satisfied all expectations, leaving the front of the property traditional while building a contemporary addition on to the back of the existing home.
Carpenter’s firm was also tasked with incorporating eco-modern elements, the likes of a 60-foot glass wall as part of a passive solar heating, geo-thermal heating and cooling — the latter entailing the fashioning of wells in the earth that air travels through to heat and cool the house.
“Most people think that modernism has to be sterile,” Carpenter said. “In this case it’s not … it’s very warm and humane.”
Carpenter has been involved with Modern Atlanta since the very beginning, ultimately playing a role in implementing its studio crawl.
“We’re connecting the public with people that are doing amazing things in the design world, people like [Carpenter],” Modern Atlanta co-founder Elayne DeLeo said.
The Modern Atlanta event is not just about architecture, Carpenter said.
“Design is Human” — the translation is it moves across disciplines,” he said. “You’ll see fashion, art exhibit and there will be music … just so many things going on, across the spectrum.”
More than 4,000 people are expected to attend those activities, officials said.