2016 National Award
AISC IDEAS2 Awards
2015 Design Award
Texas Society of Architects
2014 Honor Award
AIA Austin Design Awards
Characterized by clean lines, sheer glass walls, and sculptural sun shades, this sharply-detailed house offers an intriguing counterpoint to the tropical ambiance of its forest-like setting.
Starting at the lowest level, two 60-foot-tall exterior screen walls surge upward on both sides of the house, providing the home’s primary structural support as well as offering shade and privacy to spaces within. Moving vertically through the house from the entrance, every major space is immediately accessible from a glass-enclosed stairwell. Views outward become ever more impressive as the ground below falls away, and a palpable sense of suspension takes hold. The subdued material palette throughout the interior consists of white walls and polished concrete floors, with a continuous accent wall of bookmatched Carrara marble that runs the height of the stair connecting all the floors.
The progression terminates at an inviting open-air roof terrace, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views. A mechanical skylight provides access from inside, and the terrace is shaded from the afternoon sun by an extension of the screen wall, which turns 90 degrees to form an airy pergola.