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.

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
Jobs
  • Town Planning Manager | Housebuilder in Surrey | 3+ years' PQE

    Are you a Town Planner with some commercial experience under your belt (consultancy or developer)? Would you like to work for a regional housebuild...
    • Lewis Davey
    • Surrey - near M25/M23 junction
  • Principal Planning Consultant (Policy)

    This is a career opportunity for somebody looking to play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient planning policy service.
    • Capita
    • Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
  • Senior Planning Officer

    A vacancy has arisen in the Development Management Section of the Planning Services Division for a part-time Senior Planning Officer.
    • South Derbyshire District Council
    • Derbyshire
  • Planning Officers

    Work as key members of the Councils development management service providing pre-application advice, dealing with applications and appeals.
    • Chiltern and South Bucks Council
    • Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Enforcement Officer - Hertfordshire

    A Local Authority in Hertfordshire are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 3-6 months
    • Oyster Partnership
    • Hertfordshire