Subtle reflection of light

Bercy Chen Studio complete new Austin home

by James Forryan 27 November 2008
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    A decision by the homeowners to take advantage of their original 1980’s existing structure gave the designers the opportunity to pull something sensitive and inventive out of a pre-existing space that did not quite define style or connect with it’s dramatic 180 ft lake front site. Their idea was to treat architectural elements as minimalist installation art tuned to interact with nature.

    The interior architectural strategy relied on opening up the space and allowing in the play of natural light which draws on the reflective and translucent surfaces used, thus creating a subtle reflection of the light and water’s motion on interior walls and doors. These carefully orchestrated reflections, which were even brought deep inside the house, achieved the subtle acknowledgement of the lake.

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