That a 1980s contemporary house in Buckhead would be renovated instead of razed is notable, perhaps signaling a growing enthusiasm for the style in the city. It was with that energy that Atlanta Magazine’s HOME displayed its second annual Modern Style showhouse in June, joining in on the reimagination of a contemporary gem. The Buckhead house was originally designed in 1987 by architect Larry Farrow as a home for his family. Farrow is a cofounder of GreenbergFarrow, a global architecture firm that designed the first Home Depot stores. The Farrow family moved out in 2003, and the house went through a long period of vacancy before the current owners purchased it with a plan to inject new life. Rodolfo Castro, creative director of Castro Design Studio, was enlisted as the residential designer, with Emily and Steve Tate of Tate Builders & Associates as contractors. Castro’s plan aimed to honor the original architecture while adapting it to today’s living. “This home was high design when it was built,” says Castro. “It’s great that the owners chose to revive this jewel.” Castro opened up the floor plan, creating generous kitchen and dining areas. He also designed an addition for...