This 1968 home was purchased by a young client eager to push the design envelope. Our principle objective was finding a playful way to embrace the original bones of the house, while incorporating modern luxuries and unwrapping the home to the outdoors.
The existing double with brick walls that operated as book ends inspired a newly expansive ‘warehouse’ space in the form of a barbell -- a form bounded on the ends and open in the middle, known and revered in Texas as a Dog Run. Coupled with the introduction of an infinity edge pool to the existing entry courtyard, harking back to the traditional regional roots of the acequias that were a part of the original hacienda courtyard entries, the great room’s spacious volumes leak out in every direction.
This space is further dramatized by the sloping hillside site - cascading from the rear courtyard, tumbling through the great room, skipping over the front pool entry courtyard onto the street. In continuation of this idea, the connection with the outdoors is reinforced with the large sweeping roofs that morph into a ‘Cadillac fin’ shed – adding a third vertical dimension by way of an aperture to the sky.