Constant Springs Residence

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationAustin, United States
CompanyAlterstudio Architecture
Lead Architectsee team members
Design TeamKevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Joseph Boyle

The Constant Springs Residence, oriented to take advantage of an unexpected escarpment, creek and views at the rear of the property, presented a family of four the opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge. An unmitigated roof defines a precinct for living and creates continuity throughout the property while a delicate custom-glazed window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, connects the interior to the outdoors. Inhabitation is defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind. The ubiquitous Cedar ceiling opens to allow a magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk to pass through while a second opening invites light and rain deep into the center of the house. The house emphasizes a dynamic spatial sequence while at the same time creates an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light, reflection, circumstance and view. Inside, a rich palette of materials, furniture and detailed cabinetry add finesse and offer points of stasis to the compelling and omnipresent out-of-doors. A straight-grain, Western Red Cedar ceiling, Calacatta Lincoln marble counter tops, gray Leuders limestone, and a custom steel-and-White Oak entry door demonstrate great constructional aplomb and detail.