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
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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.