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.