South 5th Residence

Architect: Alterstudio Architecture LLP

Location: Austin, Texas

Category: Up to $1.5 million in construction cost (category two)

The South 5th Residence slips nonchalantly into Austin’s eclectic Bouldin neighborhood and deftly negotiates Austin’s zoning, envelope and critical-root-zone requirements. A rare, 25" durand oak and an unexpectedly steep escarpment created a powerful circumstance for a house that emphasizes view and a dynamic spatial sequence, while at the same time being an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light and circumstance. The visitor arrives into a verdant courtyard under the majestic oak. A thin, 4” gabion wall at the street, evergreen plantings and a perforated, Cor-ten corrugated screen to the south, provide varying degrees of privacy and animation for the ensemble. A transparent living room hovers over the tumbling escarpment and reveals an expansive panorama. The visceral textures of concrete, mill-finished steel and raw stucco are presented against finely detailed millwork and custom site, glazed window walls, which are framed with rift-sawn white oak and steel to form flitch plate mullions.

Additional information

Engineer: Leap! Structure

Engineer - MEP: Postitive Energy


Kurt Weaver, AIA (Jury Chair), AKW, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Anna Ives, AIA, Patterhn Ives LLC, Saint Louis, MO

Matthew H. Griffith, AIA, In Situ Studio, Raleigh, NC

Stacey Wehe, AIA, Christner Inc., Saint Louis, MO  

Edward T. Ogosta, AIA, Edward Ogosta Architecture, Culver City, CA

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