Inside Architects' Homes: Miguel Rivera

08 May 2013

Texan bungalow harking back to 1917 gets modern renovation by Miro Rivera Architects

There are few projects more intriguing than the private residence of an architect, designed or renovated by the owner. Miguel Rivera of Austin-based Miro Rivera Architects has been kind enough to open up his home to WAN readers with a series of stunning images that demonstrate the sensitivity and finesse that have won the practice so much praise.

The original bungalow that forms the core of Rivera’s home was constructed in 1917 with modest rooms and small windows. In a recent renovation project, the architect stripped this back and brought in modern innovations in product design to integrate the largest glass panes available into the bungalow’s façade.

A new wing opens out onto a backyard pool area with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panes, unfolding the building to the outside space. This wing has been painted white to distinguish it from the original 1917 volume which has been coated in a green tone in keeping with the verdant foliage of the site.

Rivera explains: “The major challenge on this project was that it was a narrow lot (50ft) with large heritage live oak trees. We had to also work within the constraints of a historic neighbourhood. A lot of thought was placed on the transitions between the existing house and the new.”

Internally white décor contrasts with the vividly-hued Latin American Art Collection on display in expanded rooms bathed in natural light. The entranceway has been relocated to the side of the house however Rivera has retained the home’s original coffered ceilings, wooden window frames, signature trim and longleaf pine floors.

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