Global influences

Niki May Young
Sunday 07 Dec 2008

Clients’ experiences throughout Europe, Asia, and Americas captured in portrait of local barn traditions

Texas Hill is a portrait of the clients’ disparate working and traveling experiences; developed as a retreat from the demands of urban life. One born and bred in New York and the other a Costa Rican national of Asian descent, both brought varying aesthetic traditions to bear.

Machiya, a Japanese urban and suburban housing precedent, maintains privacy from the public thoroughfair, orienting toward the gardens or farmland beyond. Texas Hill is located on 20 acres, most of which are protected wetlands, necessitates proximity to a country road.

The entrance façade, facing the road, is private and diminishes the apparent scale. Two twelve-foot louvered doors, screen full-height glazed openings but allow light and air to penetrate this façade while retaining visual separation from the road.

The house’s private side is open and embracing of the landscape and views of curated forest. Eaves control the sun and shed rain and snow while extending the living spaces into the landscape.

Ultimately, Texas Hill synthesizes the physical and conceptual, coexisting as a portrait of its owners’ personal, globalized aesthetic.

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