A thriving arts community has always been part of the vision for Serenbe, the Chattahoochee Hills community founded by Steve Nygren. With the opening of two new artist cottages, its nonprofit Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment will be able to host more artist residencies than ever, as many as 20 this year alone. The cottages launch the new Art Farm, located on land donated by the developers.
To build the cottages, Serenbe partnered with Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Founded in 1993, the program gives architecture students hands-on experience in building affordable housing. The Art Farm residences will be models from the studio’s 20K House, a line of dwellings that were originally designed to cost no more than $20,000. The collaboration provided Auburn with an opportunity to test more commercial designs, says Rusty Smith, Associate Director.
For visitors, the cottages provide a peek at small house living, and they will be open to the public January 16, 17, 23, and 24. Noted Atlanta designers Steve McKenzie and Kerry Howard created the interiors, enlisting many well known vendors to provide furnishings. Generous donations included lighting from Workstead of New York, TOTO plumbing fixtures, Bosch appliances, Robert Allen fabrics, Selamat design, Marmoluna tile, R. Wood pottery, Cosentino counters, Top Shop fabrication, AuthenTeak outdoor furniture, Cherry Hollow Farm reclaimed wood, and Verde Home rugs.
The first artist to stay in the cottages will be the spoken work poet, Anis Mojgani, in residence January 29 to February 27, with a performance January 30 at The Inn at Serenbe. For more information, see Serenbe Artist in Residence.