Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Above: A recessed ceiling channel, lighted with LEDs, abuts the site- built glazing, making the spaces seem taller than their 9 feet. From Russia With Love Thomas met partner Calvin Chen in architecture school at the UT and discovered they shared a multicultural upbringing and an abiding interest in connecting the dots of art, architecture, and other regional cultural traditions. Thomas grew up in Belgium and worked in Chile, and Calvin was born in Taipei and moved to Australia with his family. As they've grown since forming the company in 2001, they've tended to add employees with diverse backgrounds, an eye to building an international practice. Indeed, the influences fueling their architecture are decidedly global. Although neither Bercy nor Chen is licensed, they employ architects on staff. When Thomas and project designer Viraj Mehta (an Austin native of Indian her- itage) began working on Richard's family house, they looked in part at the cultural traditions of Mexico, where Richard's wife, Patricia, a graphic designer, was born. Specifically, they boned up on midcentury Mexican architecture of 1950s and '60s. And, in a typical Bercy Chen mashup, they also delved into the philosophies of Russian polymath El Lissitzky, an interesting figure whose wide-ranging work VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 33

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