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* Residential Architecture: Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio

Posted by the editors on Friday, 22 February 2013

Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio

Residential Architecture: Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio: “..In an increasingly generic and de-natured world, we are interested in producing architecture tuned to the specificity of a place. The Edgeland residence is commissioned by a science fiction writer enthralled with 21st century human habitation in the urban frontiers of abandoned industrial zones..Not unlike Col Charles Goodnight’s first dug out at the JA ranch in 19th century Texas, the design is inspired by the vernacular of the “pit house”, one of the oldest housing typology in North America used by Native Americans through the ages..This brownfield reclaim project minimized disturbance to the site, as the previous excavations to remove an old Chevron pipeline left a scar on the bluff, the two new green roofed wings sheltering each other from the sun is an attempt to heal the land by restoring the slope and bring wildlife back..This approach addresses the climate of central Texas, USA, and utilizes thermal capacity of earth to regulate temperature,  while the linear courtyard down the center allows fresh air to flow between the  bluff and the river below. The courtyard is a theater for observing migrating humming birds,  monarch butterflies, even ant colonies…etc,  heightening one’s awareness of nature in an urban setting..We collaborated with the Lady Bird Wildflower Center to reintroduce over 40 native species of wildflowers and grass to preserve the local ecosystem..”  Extensive glazing, natural light; interesting form, contextuality, interior volumes, indoor / outdoor sensibility; green roof..

See our posts on three other homes by Bercy Chen Studio:

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image: © Paul Bardagjy; article: “Edgeland House / Bercy Chen Studio” 13 Feb 2013. ArchDaily

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* Residential Architecture: West Lake Hills Residence by Specht Harpman

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 26 August 2012

Residential Architecture: West Lake Hills Residence by Specht Harpman: “..On a densely tree-covered site in the Austin, Texas, USA, exurb of West Lake Hills, Specht Harpman was tasked with the renovation and expansion of a modest 1970′s house. Much of the original internal structure was maintained, but the alterations sought to erase all visible traces of the original house..The primary goal of the new renovation and expansion was to preserve all of the site’s large twisting Live Oak trees while creating a new and open home that embraces the landscape and weaves itself around the existing trees..The primary mass of the house was lifted off the ground plane by creating a series of masonry walls that extend across the site to form interior and exterior rooms that frame views with the Live Oak trees beyond. The walls define family spaces on the lower level, while supporting a “floating box” of bedroom and private spaces above..Ceilings of the existing house were low. For the expansion spaces, the ceiling plane was maintained, but the floor was lowered to follow the contours of the site, creating a terraced interior landscape that gives height to rooms while maintaining a modest exterior expression..”  Interesting interior volumes; extensive glazing, natural light, views..

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image: © Casey Dunn; article: “West Lake Hills Residence / Specht Harpman” 24 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/265765&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: Watersmark 35 House by Mell Lawrence Architects

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 April 2012

Residential Architecture: Watersmark 35 House by Mell Lawrence Architects: “..The house embraces its naturally terraced site, capturing both sweeping views in the distance and intimate spaces alongside the building.  On the more private façade, generous windows and doors open to allow the sun to permeate the space while providing a view down to the creek and valley.   As the house descends the slope, each interior space also corresponds to an exterior ‘room’.  From the living area, a glass bridge leads to the library overlooking a concrete plunge pool below, just off the edge of a natural terrace which opens back into guest quarters tucked into the hillside.  Upstairs, the private suite opens onto to a large covered porch space containing the Master bathroom, a screened area, and a sunny open terrace.  This series of small boxes contrasts the larger spaces anchoring the house below.  Only elemental materials – wood, stone, concrete and metal – were used, chosen by the architect to express the qualities of timeless buildings: substantial, grounded, and well proportioned, with textural interest flowing between exterior and interior..”  Ample glazing, natural light, views, material, textural and contextual sensibilities, interesting geometries and volumes, and indoor/outdoor sensibility..

image: Hester + Hardaway; article: Contemporist

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