Terrace Mountain House Design by Dick Clark Architecture
Description from Designers :
Located on a steep site in Westlake Hills, oriented towards a spectacular view of downtown Austin, this 4,700 square foot house merges traditional Texas forms and materials with unique contemporary details. The plan is simply arranged around an open living, dining, and kitchen space that accomodates the clients’ desire to entertain while providing a buffer between public and private use.
The house is set well off of the street, providing privacy and intrigue. A long curving drive terminates in a motor court, revealing the massing and material palette of Texas Lueders limestone, copper and stucco. An intimate entry court features a unique steel gate, and a water feature below a low window into the living room that provides a peek in and out.. The large copper clad front door is mostly solid, but a narrow vertical slit window frames the Texas State Capitol, revealing a bit of the view to come.
One enters into the large public space, where the exposed fir members and ceiling float above clerestories below. The Lueders limestone is brought inside to further warm the generous space. All of this serves as a backdrop to the large sliding glass doors, which extend the living room out onto the pool deck. The roof line over the deck was purposely kept low, framing the panoramic city view and Westlake Hills.
The owners enjoy the effortless drama created by an open plan and clean detailing that allows the surrounding tree-covered hillsides and downtown city views to be the focus of one’s experience in the house.
Designer : Dick Clark Architecture