2013 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards
Lake View Residence | Notes of Interest
The site at Lake View, looking west over the Bright Leaf Preserve and up the Colorado River, was a powerful element in the design of this house for a family of four. They wanted a house that was simultaneously modern and intimate, expansive yet cozy.
Visitors meander under a grove of ancient live oaks on the way to the front entry, framed by limestone, vertical cyprus, and verdant planting. Inside, an uninterrupted ceiling plane provides a surface for reflected lighting and creates a sense of continuity with the outdoors. A delicate window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, also connects the interior to the outdoors.
The 5,900-square-foot house emphasizes views and a dynamic spatial sequence. Views are revealed slowly: carefully framed vistas anticipate what is yet to come. A rich palette of materials on the interior, including mahogany cabinetry and longleaf pine floors, combines to create a warm environment. The house is designed to suit the needs of an active family. Generous gathering spaces intertwine and give way to smaller spaces for a more intimate retreat.
Oriented for optimal cross-ventilation and protection from the sun without eschewing the view westward, the Lake View house also features geothermal HVAC systems, a photovoltaic array, reflective TPO roofing, cellular foam insulation, tankless water heaters, and FSC-certified and reclaimed woods. The house also takes advantage of the tree canopy to provide additional shading, and carefully placed skylights bring diffused daylight to the interior and help reduce reliance on electric lighting.
- Contractor: Wilmington Gordon
- Engineering: Structures PE, LLP.
- Landscape: Mark Word Design
- © Patrick Wong
- © Casey Dunn
Lake View Residence
- Architect: Alterstudio Architecture LLP
- Location: Austin, Texas
Category One: One and Two Family Custom Residences
This house seems so integrated to the landscape—it is really hand in glove.
This is a sort of humane modernism in the tradition of Aalto.
2013 AIA Housing Awards Jury
- Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Chair
- Dorgan Architecture & Planning
- Storrs, Connecticut
- John Isch, AIA
- RWA Architects, Inc.
- R. Thomas Jones, AIA
- California Polytechnic State University
- San Luis Obispo, California
- Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA
- Austin, Texas
- Charles L. Travis, AIA
- The Housing Studio, P.A.