Few cities have a growing design culture like Austin, Texas. Considered one of the best places to live in the United States, the city has been experiencing a construction boom in recent years.
By creating a wide range of residential styles, architects continue the legacy of modernist design. With an emphasis on craft and detailing, these new homes use simple geometries and shapes, offering views of hills, lakes and urban fabric.
Austin, known as the “City of the Purple Crown” because of the glow of the hills after sunset, is distinguished by its refined beauty. The following review demonstrates the aesthetics of urban design and how architects bring modern homes to life. Constructed using a number of hierarchies and layouts, they are often created from contrasting materials to organize views and spaces where people come together. Cozy, modern and calm, they represent a localized approach to design in Texas.
Balanced shade, dappled sunlight and a view from the canopy of trees — this is the basis of the design of the house 518 Sacramento Drive. The entrance is centrally located with the main Live Oak tree on the site, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element. This house, consisting of carefully thought-out materials, surfaces and finishes, represents a balance of sophistication and restraint.
The site is a narrow one-acre stretch of hill, located just a few blocks from the busy South Congress Street, which overlooks downtown from the treetops. Rocks and natural vegetation surround the hotel, which corresponds to the laid-back and unkempt nature of the surroundings. The solution covers and uses the depth and slope of the terrain.
LeanToo is an addition to an existing cottage located in a vibrant Austin neighborhood. The original house was set back from the street and was surrounded by two large historic oak trees, an active urban drainage line that crossed the property, and a dry creek behind.