Ross Design Inc is a firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A founded by Robert Ross in the year 1977. The firm mainly deals with a residential design project, renovations, and historic redevelopment along with few retail spaces. The design philosophy of the firm derived from the social and context of architecture that influences their intricate design language expression; this allows them to explore various realms of public and private urban settings concerning interior or exterior spaces. They strongly believe every project must be in a position to unveil the personality of their clients which is achieved by controlled play of natural light with volume. Their design approach traditionally is driven with a vision of a longer life cycle of 50 years at the very least.

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Quoting Robert Ross – “…architecture is the art of solving problems – beautifully.”

Below is a list of 15 projects by Ross Design Inc:

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1. Ansley Park

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

This project was one of the last site developments in Ansley Park. The plan includes a large living space on the ground floor of the house to accommodate a gathering of 250 people for entertainment. The outdoor extensions of a dramatic front terrace and landscaped garden add a sense of tranquillity in the busy town area. The details of the house like railing, large windows and staircase have influences from classical styles.

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2. Reynolds Plantation

Location: Greensboro, Georgia, U.S.A

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The project has a large footprint consisting of three lots in the plantation. The ground floor consists of a guest wing, a six-car park garage- attached with the house for three and detached segment for other three, home theatre and master wing. It also has a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor.

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3. Mendocino

Location: Mendocino, California, U.S.A

The house was completely renovated with the addition of spaces like the master suite, library, studio, and garage. Segments of the gallery walls are angled to play with light to bring a dynamic effect to enhance the emphasis on sculptures and painting. The first floor was carefully designed with open spaces and large windows to take panoramic advantage of the northern California coasts with protected headlands.

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4. Druid Hills Craftsman Revival

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

The location of this project is in the historic district of Atlanta, Georgia. The house refurbished completely to fit contemporary aesthetic, while retaining the facade and existing swimming pool. The addition of the second floor is hidden from street view to respect the historical influences.

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5. Midtown Craftsman Bungalow

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

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This Bungalow built in the 1920s, completely refurbished to a monochromatic tone with the addition of the second floor to the house encompassing space for three bedrooms and a loft. The original elements of the house like trims replicated to give homage to the old exterior facade.

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6. Loring Heights

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

Ross Design Inc transformed the non-existent entrance porch into a dynamic and elegant space. The house refurbished to contemporary taste along with vaulting the ceiling of the living room and introducing windows to allow natural light.

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7. Powers Ferry Renovation

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

This project underwent a metamorphosis from an old displeasing building to a modern contemporary house. Ross Design Inc renovated the house on the original footprint with an addition of 90 square feet that allowed a new connection between the house and garage for laundry and garage space. An introduction of exterior living space to the house lets a gathering immerse the serenity of the woodlands.

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8. Peachtree Battle

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

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A renovation project where the detached garage was connected and remodeled into a family and breakfast room; the house with a new plug-in for garage and entrance porch in classical style showcases graceful and elegant proportions. 

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9. The Lens Bar

Location: The Hub, Panama City beach, Florida, U.S.A

This commercial project is a deluxe eyewear boutique designed in a minimal contemporary industrial style. The entire tone of the store is monochromatic with stand-out features such as glass facade sections covered by a mild steel canopy. The spatial design of the store allows a large capacity for movement with available free space and monotony is broken by various furniture installations for product display.

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10. Eye Gallery- Sandy Springs

Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S.A

This two-storey store is a flagship eyewear brand well known in Georgia. The floor of the store has ribbon pattern designs indicating the direction in which customers would move through the space. The internal space plan of the store allows a dynamic composition of free movement of people and product display. The administrative office is placed on the mezzanine floor at the rear of the store to maintain a sense of privacy.

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11. Alpharetta Modern Farmhouse kitchen

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia, U.S.A

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The kitchen is refurbished to modern spacious and updated functional kitchen and living area with the inclusion of a screened porch. The renovation of this project was in collaboration with an interior firm known as Balance Design. The monochromatic neutral color scheme of the space allows cladding material and design features to stand-out.

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12. Cumming Kitchen Renovation

Location: Cumming, Georgia, U.S.A

Ross Design Inc updated the space to a modern state of the art Kitchen. Wood panel shutters and cabinet doors stand out from the grey background of the kitchen set-up. The renovation allowed enough platform space to add a breakfast counter with a library shelf. Also, the existing walls were replaced by an open floor plan to allow free movement and light into the space.

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13. Druid Hills

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

A 1930s courtyard house is enclosed to remodel into a contemporary setting which created various volumes inside allowing coruscating light for exhibiting artworks in that space. The combination of skylight and large windows provide an intense interaction between light and shadow, rarely observed within a house. These additions did not affect the overall character of the building and maintained the essence of the neighborhood context.

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14. Midtown Craftsman

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

This project that was positioned poorly underwent a major renovation with a split level entry in the rear of the building connecting the house to the backyard that allows a deluge of natural light into the space. A second-floor insertion to the house gave space for the master suite, large laundry room and a loft library. Few spaces remodeled in function, for example, formal sleeping porch to the dining nook, front porch subdivided to introduce a foyer space to cut down the noise from the busy street. A notable character of the house being the crow’s nest on the third floor reached via ladder to observe the breathtaking view of the town.

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15. Modern Addition

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

This traditional ranch home was updated with contemporary additions to provide an enclosed garage on the ground and a master suite above. The plug-in angels followed the setback of existence creek that hid it from the street view. The massing established resemblance to a treehouse with carefully designed window openings to maintain privacy.

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Author

Subhay Baberwal, a practising architect at Taller-S and a visiting faculty at SJB School of architecture and planning, Bangalore. He is an art and culture enthusiast as well as a certified wildlife Eco-volunteer by the Karnataka Forest Department for activities regarding conservation, census, preservation. Furthermore, he is a poet and currently exploring his voice in architecture writing along with being a ghostwriter for mobile application, fashion collections and bloggers.

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