Located within a ordinary neighbourhood, Constance Springs Austin, Texas, this home is oriented to take maximum advantage of the unexpected escarpment, creek and natural views offered at the rear of the property.
Designed by Alterstudio Architecture, the roof defines the 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. In-habitation is defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind.
A magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk is a key focal point with the cedar ceiling opening to allow the tree pass through. A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the center of the house. The house emphasises a dynamic space while at the same time creating an abstract backdrop of light, reflection and views.
Inside, a rich palette of materials, furniture and detailed cabinetry punctuate the ensemble to add a sense of finesse. Terrazzo floors, grey leuders limestone and a custom steel and white oak entry door strengthen the architectural language.