Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

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Hill Country House Wimberley, Texas ARCHITECT: Miguel Rivera, FAIA, and Juan Miró, FAIA, design partners; Matthew Sturich, RA, project architect/ manager; Spencer Cook, Sarah Hafley, Matthew Helveston, Edward Richardson, team members, Miró Rivera Architects, Austin, Texas. BUILDER: Paul Balmuth, PB Fine Construction LLC, Austin STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Jerry Garcia, PE, Structures, Austin LANDSCAPE: David Mahler, Environmental Survey, Austin PROJECT SIZE: 3,140 square feet (conditioned); 5,100 square feet (total) SITE SIZE: 46.7 acres CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld PHOTOGRAPHY: Paul Finkel/Piston Design KEY PRODUCTS WINDOWS: Kolbe Windows & Doors ROOFING: Berridge, Double Lock Standing Seam SIDING: Atas, Metafor Aluminum Panels REFRIGERATOR: KitchenAid COOKTOP/OVENS/DISHWASHER: Thermador VENTILATION: Best Range Hoods WASHER/DRYER: WHIRLPOOL KITCHEN SINK: Blanco DISPOSAL: InSinkErator OTHER SINKS/FAUCETS: Elkay, Moen, Duravit, Hansgrohe, Victoria+Albert, Kohler, Brasstech DOOR HARDWARE: Omnia, Linnea, Kolbe, C.R. Laurence Co., Sugatsune LIGHTING: Lightolier, Translite, Finelite, Ligman USA, Lithonia, Belfer, Day-O-Lite, Solvanti LIGHTING CONTROL: Lutron CEILING FANS: Modern Fan Co., Big Ass Fans TILE: Ann Sacks, American Tile, Marazzi USA PAINT: Benjamin Moore The open kitchen flows directly into the living room and either to the north deck or the south screened porch. A limestone fireplace hearth and soap- stone kitchen counters add measured touches of luxury to the great room. Miguel believes the house shouldn't overpower the lives and objects within it. His goal is a simple backdrop for art, furniture, textiles—elements that can change over time or with the seasons. From the great room, another long spine takes owners and overnight guests to the private realm—a secondary bed- room, the exercise room, yoga room, and then the master bedroom. The home's outdoor public function areas are still in development, but the firm has laid the preliminary ground- work. The meadow and fields are a blank slate for any kind of gathering, but there's also a covered concrete platform that extends from the garage toward the lawn and the great room's outdoor steps. Sliding barn doors to the garage allow the platform to be used for performances, with "back- stage" functionality inside the garage. (There's also a ramp and dog door for everyday utility.) It's easy to imagine concerts, lectures, and other events here, or even just a protected terrace for family use. This is a house that doesn't up- stage the life within it; instead, it sets the stage for a myriad of pursuits and experiences. It is certainly a work of architecture when viewed at a distance, but within its embrace, it's all about the humanity it shelters and the landscape it reveals. "The house doesn't need to compete," says Miguel. "I can't com- pete with nature—nature will win every time."—S. Claire Conroy 67 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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