Location: Austin, Texas, USA
2018 Texas Society of Architects Design Award
2018 IIDA Excellence in Design Award
2017 American Architecture Prize
2018 AIA Austin Design Award
Architects: Alterstudio Architecture
Design Team: Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Joseph Boyle
Photography: © Casey Dunn
The opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge presented a powerful circumstance for this family of four. The house emphasizes a dynamic spatial sequence while also creating an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light, reflection, circumstance and view.
An unmitigated roof defines a precinct for living and creates continuity throughout the property while a delicate custom-glazed window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, connects the interior to the outdoors. Inhabitation is here defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind. A magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk allowed for adjustment of the steep grade. The ubiquitous wood ceiling opens to allow the tree to pass through and an ipe deck permits the penetration of water. A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the core of the house.
All images courtesy of Alterstudio Architecture
Alterstudio Architecture, LLP of Austin, Texas is a full service architecture and design firm known for its intellect in design, inventiveness, craftsmanship, and details. The work is rooted in deep-seated virtues of architecture – generous space making, shrewd manipulation of day-lighting, and meticulous attention to detail. The heightening of direct human experience and the framing of the complex circumstances of their situations are at the core of each project. more
1801 Lavaca Street Suite #106
Austin, Texas 78701