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Metropolis - Jul/Aug 09 | Thicket - Sept/Oct 09 | Dwell - Oct 09

Metropolis - Jul/Aug 09 | Thicket - Sept/Oct 09 | Dwell - Oct 09

Too quiet here… on the blog. In real life, not so much. It’s been insanely busy at 1133 since our move-in last May. Rest assured, more content to come.

In the meantime, some late summer reading…

Auburn’s Rural Studio graces the cover of the July/August issue of Metropolis (take that Tavern on the Green!) with a feature by Suzanne LaBarre on the program eight years post-Sambo (that is, after the death of co-founder Samuel Mockbee in 2001). Be sure to pick up a hard copy to learn more about this important program… and to marvel at 1133 design-builders Will Brothers and Matthew Finley’s magnificent thesis project—the Newbern Firehouse—which gets a full spread (with photos by Timothy Hursley). Kudos Green Bottle gang!

And our own 1133 gets some ink in the September/October issue of Thicket as part of the “Homes We Love” section in the Home Idea Guide (with photos by Jason Wallis). Read all about it (and watch a little video starring Liane, Will & Matthew) after the jump.

[Update—September 15: See also the latest issue of Dwell (October 2009) for a story on Rural Studio’s $20,000 House… thanks Messr. Lambert!]

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Rural Studio Tour: beneath the roses

Lou on Subrosa.

Lou on Subrosa.

After seeing our first and favorite Rural Studio project during our Halloween visit to Hale County (Hale-oween!), Liane and I head next to the Rural Studio Office at Morrisette House so that we can check-in and get a map of the projects. There are so many (!)… and seeing as how it’s already past noon, Gayle Etheridge, the Rural Studio Office Manager, kindly helps us prioritize.

We’re quite anxious to experience Subrosa in person ever since seeing Timothy Hursley‘s brilliant (but tiny) photos on the Rural Studio site, so we go there first.

Located behind Chantilly House and the Bodark Amphitheater in Newbern, the elegiac Subrosa Pantheon was originally conceived by Rural Studio founder Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee as “a memorial to recently bereaved friends.”

A year after Sambo’s untimely death in 2002, his daughter Carol Mockbee arrived at the Rural Studio as an Outreach student. Despite having no previous building or architectural experience, Carol boldly undertook the design (adapted from her father’s notebooks) and creation of this noble concrete and steel structure.

Subrosa is a memorial. “A place to remember Sambo Mockbee and… a place to tell secrets as the Romans did, ‘sub rosa,’ underneath the roses.”

Kiva-like structure.

Kiva-like structure.

asor buS.

asor buS.

Over the tunnel.

Over the tunnel.

Tunnel entrance.

Tunnel entrance.

Inside the tunnel.

Inside the tunnel.

Inside Sub Rosa Pantheon.

Inside.

Sky opening.

Sky opening.

Bench and turtle pond.

Bench and turtle pond.

Turtle pond.

Turtle pond.

Beneath the roses.

Beneath the roses.

Sky opening.

Sky opening.

Samuel Mockbee.

Samuel Mockbee.

Mockbee mobile shadow.

Mockbee mobile shadow.

Bench and "secret-telling" apparatus.

Bench and "secret-telling" apparatus.

Subrosa.

Subrosa.

Super sub rosa.

Super sub rosa.

Momento mori.

Momento mori.

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