Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

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

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And that's how a spark ignites in an architect's heart. Miguel traveled to the site "more than 100 times" to feed the flames. "We want our buildings to em- phasize a connection to the region and the landscape," he explains. "I have no idea what I want to do until I see the site. The site tells me what I need to do." The sprawling land is largely meadow backed by rolling hills. It's those hills that gave rise to the building's undulating roofline, cleaved at the center by the "temple" piece—a 30-foot-high screened porch with steeply pitched roof. The meager budget dictated a simple palette of basic materials, ones that might construct a warehouse or other industrial building. The agrarian surroundings welcome such a palette, designed to withstand years of hard use and benign neglect, baking in the hot Texas sun. Aluminum siding wraps most portions of the structure—its crisp white color repulsing the heat of summer afternoons and repurposing its energy into an otherworldly glow. The effect, along with the pier-and-beam foundation, makes the building appear to hover above its grassy perch, as if it were both of the earth and some other realm as well. A lack of transitional hardscape from the building to its grounds heightens the illusion. Opposite and this page: White corrugated aluminum siding is a gleaming backdrop for rich, warm cypress and local limestone. Center, right: A covered, raised platform off the garage doubles as a stage and handy dog egress. 61 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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