[ Austin, Texas ]
2012 Citation of Honor
AIA Austin Design Awards
Forming the centerpiece of a master plan by the architects that includes a guest house, pedestrian bridge, and a small boathouse, Residence 1446 acts as a hub for the entire complex. Situated in a low-lying field adjacent to both a lake and a quiet lagoon, the home’s location was selected to preserve the existing trees and to frame large views of the site.
The design of the house reflects its role as a natural assembly place. Thick limestone walls define the east-west axis that guides occupants from the entry through the house to the expansive views of the site and lake beyond. Long, horizontal apertures and dramatically-angled rooftops provide sweeping panoramas, while deeply-recessed overhangs offer shade and privacy to this family setting. A secondary north-south axis emphasizes movement between the guest house, bridge, and boathouse.
The scheme employs a minimal material palette that consists of copper, plaster, and Sapele Mahogany. The limestone cladding of the dividing walls, plinth, and floors is a locally-sourced material from Lueders, Texas. The rough-hewn stone travels through the house from interior to exterior, reinforcing the natural connection to the site while striking a balance with the home’s modern aesthetic.