[ Austin, Texas ]
CASA MIRÓ RIVERA
Gradually transformed by architect/owner Juan Miró and his family, Casa Miró Rivera cleverly subverts the hallmarks of the typical American house.
Inside, dark wooden walls were replaced with pure white plaster, providing a clean backdrop for a collection of colorful artwork. Large, panoramic windows frame views of the various gardens and courtyards that ring the structure. In the kitchen, a modular system of sleek cabinetry conceals a variety of functions suited to the family's daily routine.
The front yard represents the most dramatic transformation. A large (and mostly unused) driveway was torn out, with the garage converted to a spacious family room with a guest loft. The front yard was enclosed with a low wall, providing privacy from the street and allowing for the addition of a rectangular pool dotted with stone pavers leading to the front door.