Andersson-Wise’s Tower House provides cabin with extra lakefront accommodation

US firm Andersson-Wise has created a tall silvery building containing bedrooms near a waterside holiday home in Austin, so that the owners can invite more guests to stay. Tower House perches atop a hill overlooking Lake Travis, one of Austin’s man-made lakes created by the Marshall Ford Dam across Texas’ Colorado River. The building is

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Living spaces open out to Lake Austin at residence by A Parallel

Rooms with white and glass walls slots on top of the stone-clad ground floor of this house overlooking Lake Austin, by Texas firm A Parallel Architecture. The two-storey Lake Austin Residence has a wide footprint with floor-to-ceiling windows at nearly every vantage point. Structurally, the residence is comprised of an assortment of rectangular cubes that

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Tom Hurt attaches tiered white pods with plywood core to Austin house

Austin-based architect Tom Hurt has extended the back of a ranch house using a series of stacked units and wooden interiors to form a multi-storey living space. The 1,110-square-foot (103-square-metre) structure grows out from the existing low-slung home in Austin. The addition joins the main home through a series of low-lying platforms in the original

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Off-grid boathouse by Andersson-Wise sits on Lake Austin

American studio Andersson-Wise has completed a two-storey boathouse in Austin, with openings on the upper level that enable occupants to dive directly into the water. The Lake House pushes out from a steeply sloped bank and extends over Lake Austin in Texas. The lower portion of the rectangular building contains a sculling dock and boat storage,

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Vertical strips surround white Barcode House in Austin by Webber + Studio

US firm Webber + Studio has covered this family home in Austin with metal cladding that features raised strips of varying widths. Barcode House is one of the many new buildings in the Texan city’s Bouldin neighbourhood. It was constructed amongst existing trees on a Columbus Street lot, which restricted the home’s layout. “This new home was designed for

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“Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster”

Houston’s poor urban planning, not climate change, is to blame for the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Harvey, says disaster expert Ilan Kelman in this Opinion column. Hurricane Harvey was a major storm with extensive rainfall. It was not a natural disaster. The disaster was caused by human decisions to live in a hurricane zone without

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Wernerfield organises slender Dallas residence around pool terrace and garden

For a narrow plot in Dallas, local studio Wernerfield has created a home for a young couple that consists of off-white bars situated around a single yard. The BV1 Residence is located in the upscale Bluffview neighbourhood of the Texas city, and sits on a 50-by-150-foot (15-by-46-metre) property that is part of a larger estate. The owners

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Murray Legge’s Texas pool house avoids and incorporates tree trunks

Murray Legge Architecture has shaped the roof of this pool-side pavilion to navigate around the twisting trunks of oak trees on a site in East Texas. La Grange Pavilion was created as part of a landscape intervention for a hillside house with vistas over the southern US state’s forest and farmland. The structure shades an

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Concrete dermatology office by Matt Fajkus overlooks Texas Hill Country

American firm Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a low-lying medical office in central Texas made of concrete and glass, which is intended to provide a soothing atmosphere for patients. The Westlake Dermatology Marble Falls is situated along a major highway in Marble Falls, about an hour’s drive from Austin, and looks toward gentle hills. The pavilion-like, rectangular

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Balcones House By Pollen Architecture & Design

Located in Austin, Texas, the Balcones House is built on the edge of a fractured limestone cliff, which is a part of the echelon of the Balcones fault.
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Houston contractor builds her own charred-timber residence designed by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

The owner of a construction company in Houston has collaborated with Seattle architects Suyama Peterson Deguchi to create a Japanese-influenced home that she built for herself. The design and construction of the Shou Sugi Ban House was joint effort between the architects and Erin Stetzer. Because the client, the proprietor of Stetzer Builders, was also

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Low-lying residence by Dick Clark stretches across a Texas prairie

This rural home designed by Austin-based Dick Clark + Associates features walls made of concrete and glass, and deep roof overhangs that mitigate exposure to harsh sunlight. The Brownwood Residence sits on a property blanketed with prairie grass and dotted with mature oak trees. It is located in Brownwood, a town in central Texas. The clients wanted

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North Arrow Studio’s Texas woodland residence takes cues from Mies van der Rohe

Austin-based North Arrow Studio has raised this glazed house on stilts to offer its residents elevated views over tree tops in rural Texas, using the iconic Farnsworth House as a reference. Located in Texas Hill Country near Austin, The RoadRunner Residence is modelled on modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous house, which is also built in

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Steven Holl’s curvy-roofed addition to Houston arts museum breaks ground

Construction has begun on a new building by American architect Steven Holl for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which will provide a new entry point to the campus. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 164,000-square-foot (15,200-square-metre) Nancy and Rich Kinder building took place 1 June 2017. It is the second of two structures that New York-based

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s crimson concrete art museum in Texas

The red concrete art museum that British architect David Adjaye designed for the Linda Pace Foundation is now under construction in San Antonio, Texas. First unveiled in late 2015, the two-storey, 14,000-square-foot (4,300 square metres) building will create a major gallery for the US charity, which boasts a collection of over 800 pieces of contemporary art. It will feature a striking

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Gabled home in Austin by Dick Clark + Associates references surrounding properties

Texas architecture firm Dick Clarke + Associates has completed a home in the state’s capital Austin, modifying a half-built spec house to suit the new owners’ needs. The Palma Plaza Spec residence is located in the Clarksville neighbourhood, west of the city’s downtown area. The surrounding homes are mostly pre-war bungalows built in the American

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Andersson-Wise assembles new and salvaged materials into rustic Austin boathouse

US firm Andersson-Wise Architects has created a modest boathouse in Texas, designed to blend with its site as if it were “in a state of natural decomposition”. The Bunny Run Boat Dock is located on the shore of Lake Austin, in the city of Austin. Encompassing 2,563 square feet (238 square metres), the enclosure contains

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Gable wall conceals double-height atrium in Austin home by Design Hound

Austin studio Design Hound has completed a local home with light-toned facades, designed to help to create a “soft transition” into the residence’s bright interior. The Laurelwood House sits in a residential neighbourhood outside downtown Austin, Texas. A low-slung garage abuts a gabled, rectangular house, creating a long facade that reduces sight lines into the

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Lake Flato creates vertical waterfront home in rural Texas

The top floor of this tall holiday home by US studio Lake Flato is situated above the tree line, enabling impressive views of a lake in Texas Hill Country. The Blue Lake Retreat is located in Marble Falls, a small town situated about 50 miles (80 kilometres) northwest of Austin. Rectangular in plan, the three-storey

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Glass-bottomed Sky Pool suspends swimmers 500 feet above Houston

A transparent portion of a swimming pool atop a high-rise development in Houston, Texas, projects outward so brave residents can view both the skyline in front and the ground 40 storeys below. The Market Square Tower is the latest residential complex to boast a glass-bottomed pool, following proposals for London and India. A post shared

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Design Hound hides second storey of Austin home behind faceted roof

Austin architecture firm Design Hound has concealed a spa-like interior behind the understated facade of this local residence. The two-storey Indian Trail House sits in an old neighbourhood of Austin, Texas. Approaching the size limit set by community restrictions, the clients wanted the minimise the home’s appearance on a street of predominately low residences. “At

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Tim Cuppett designs Austin hillside home to be both modern and rustic

Texas studio Tim Cuppett Architects has created a family dwelling with a “camp-like aesthetic”, which features a pool terrace, a large screened porch and a material palette influenced by the natural landscape. Called 1 Hillside, the home is located in Austin’s Travis Heights neighbourhood, on a narrow hillside lot totalling one acre (0.4 hectares). The home

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Volcanic stone contrasts with white stucco at Texas desert home by Hazelbaker Rush

American studio Hazelbaker Rush has created a mountainside residence where the lower levels blend into the rocky site, while the bright white upper volume stands out in contrast. The Franklin Mountain House is located on the fringe of El Paso, Texas. Perched 800 feet (244 metres) above the city, the desert dwelling is situated in the

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Un.Box Studio creates compact waterfront cottage in Austin woods

American firm Un.Box Studio has used low-maintenance materials to create a simple, lakeside cabin in Texas surrounded by cypress trees and a verdant lawn. Located a few miles outside of downtown Austin, the cottage sits on a heavily wooded site that is a mere 100 feet (30 metres) wide. The property, nicknamed the Narrows, has been owned

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Philip Johnson’s Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalised in Dallas

A Philip Johnson-designed chapel in Dallas, Texas, has been defaced with graffiti. Police were called to the Interfaith Peace Chapel on 5 January 2017 after the graffiti was discovered on three panels of its pale external walls. Sprayed in black were a Louisiana phone number, a reference to a “brown chivy suburbin” car, the words

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Self-built Austin home by Sean Guess is clad in hide-like cement panels

Cement-fibre panels that appear to have the same texture as an elephant’s skin clad the exterior of this home that architect Sean Guess built for himself in Austin, Texas. The texture gives the home its name, Elephant House. Local architect Guess was immediately attracted to the material for its simplicity, durability and ease of installation.

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Rectilinear Austin house by Matt Fajkus embraces rolling terrain

Cedar, concrete and stucco were among the materials used to construct this spacious Texas dwelling by American studio Matt Fajkus Architecture. Called the [Bracketed Space] House, the residence is located on a sloped site in the city of Austin. It was designed for a young urban family that enjoys indoor-outdoor living. The two-storey home was conceived “as a

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Borders are “primitive” limits says designer of US-Mexico binational city

London Design Biennale 2016: architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a binational city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries (+ slideshow). Romero’s Border City presents a utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico More

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Diamond Schmitt Architects reveals Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts for Texas

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced the construction of a concert hall dedicated to American musician Buddy Holly on what would have been his 80th birthday (+ slideshow). The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts is to be built in Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas, where he was born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 More

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Kasita unveils prefabricated tiny houses that slot into “racks”

An Austin-based startup has created a prototype of a prefabricated micro dwelling that can be slotted into a framework like a bottle into a wine rack (+ slideshow). The micro-housing startup called Kasita – adapted from the Spanish word for a small house – was launched by a professor-turned-entrepreneur who once lived in a dumpster. More

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Five of the best Texan houses on Dezeen

Kicking off a series that spotlights houses from different US states, we’ve searched our archive for five of the best residences in Texas. They include a black timber extension to an Austin bungalow and a lakefront dwelling with a pre-rusted steel treehouse (+ slideshow). Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture This family home in More

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Matt Fajkus completes urban Austin home with retractable glass walls

Texas firm Matt Fajkus Architecture has completed a family home in Austin that features rooms with sliding glass walls, enabling the spaces to be fully opened to the outdoors (+ slideshow). Called the Main Stay House, the dwelling is located on a slender urban lot in Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighbourhood. Encompassing 3,271 square feet (304 square metres), More

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Trail Restroom by Miro Rivera Architects is a public toilet with weathering steel walls

Pre-rusted steel plates are arranged in a spiral to form the walls of this public toilet created by Miro Rivera Architects in a park in Austin, Texas (+ slideshow). The Trail Restroom is the first new public toilet built in 30 years on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a public park that follows the banks of the Colorado More

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Lake Flato completes spacious Austin home featuring a boardwalk leading to a lake

US firm Lake Flato has built a waterfront retreat in Austin, Texas, featuring a two-storey porch and a slender lap pool that runs alongside the home (+ slideshow). Called the Hog Pen Creek Retreat, the house sits at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, on a site dotted with pecan and cypress trees. More

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University of Texas architecture dean leaves post over new campus gun law

The dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas has resigned over a new state law that will allow students to carry guns on campus. Frederick “Fritz” Steiner will leave the Austin university after 15 years in the role to take up the post of dean of Penn Design, the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture school. The More

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Shotgun Chameleon house in Houston is designed to help its owners off-set their mortgage

Taking influences from the vernacular houses of the southern US, this low-cost house in Houston by ZDES architects is designed to accommodate a family, but can be divided up to allow the owners to rent out private areas.  The 139-square-metre house, called Shotgun Chameleon, was conceived as a prototype that could be adapted with a variety of room configurations More

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Torchy’s Tacos by Chioco Design references 1950s roadside architecture

A new taco restaurant in Austin, Texas, by Chioco Design references mid-century American roadside buildings and signage with bright red columns and a distinctive roofline (+ slideshow). Built on the site of a 1970s burger chain called Fran’s Hamburgers, the new 269-square-metre branch of Torchy’s Tacos features a zigzag profile supported by red-painted structural columns that cross More

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West 8 plans botanical garden for Houston featuring an arching tree bridge

Dutch landscape firm West 8 has masterplanned a new botanical garden in Houston, Texas, featuring a mosaic of gardens and a bridge incorporating an arch of trees. Encompassing 120 acres (49 hectares), the Houston Botanic Garden will replace a golf course in the suburb of Glenbrook Valley, near the city’s airport. The area is bordered by More

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AlterStudio adds black-stained angular extension to renovated 1920s bungalow in Texas

Texas architecture firm AlterStudio has turned an Austin bungalow into a three-bedroom home with a black timber extension connected by a glass corridor (+ slideshow). Called the Hillside Residence, visitors enter the house through the glass corridor, which splits the home into communal and more private realms. The linking structure is accessed from a sloping driveway, which helped reorient the house More

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Wernerfield uses concrete and weathering steel to create low-maintenance weekend home in Texas

Dallas studio Wernerfield has completed a lakefront dwelling that features concrete and glass volumes, and a treehouse clad in pre-rusted steel (+ movie). Called CCR1 Residence, the rectilinear house is located in a rural area about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. It is situated on a wooded site that sits along Cedar Creek Reservoir – a popular More

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Lakefront Austin home by Aamodt Plumb Architects is a building of two halves

Aamodt Plumb Architects divided this prefabricated house in Texas into two wings to avoid felling a group of trees, covering one half in black-charred timber and the other in bright white stucco. The 6,000-square-foot (557 square metres) family home, called Modern Texas Prefab, is situated on a scenic site bordering a lake in Austin, Texas’ state capital. Aamodt Plumb Architects […]

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David Adjaye unveils designs for a red concrete art museum in Texas

British architect David Adjaye has revealed plans for a museum in San Antonio, Texas, with a red concrete skin based on a dream of its patron, philanthropist Linda Pace. The distinctive facades of the two-storey, 14,000-square-foot (4,267-square-meters) contemporary art museum for the Linda Pace Foundation will be made of crimson precast panels flecked with glass aggregate. The panels […]

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Wooden pavilions by Lake Flato create a farming school in the Texas landscape

This visitors centre and education pavilion in Texas was designed by Lake Flato Architects to be the one of the most sustainable structures in the state, but also to reference its Southwestern context (+ slideshow). The 5,400-square foot (502-square meters) open-air Josey Pavilion consists of two barn-like wooden structures linked by a porch. The low-slung volumes hug the prairie […]

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Kengo Kuma to “fuse nature and architecture” with twisted Rolex tower underway in Dallas

Construction is now underway on a twisted tower designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma for Rolex in Dallas, Texas. Billed as the first structure in the US city by a Japanese architect, the nine-storey Rolex Building will create a new office for the Swiss watchmaker in the Uptown neighbourhood, adjacent to another office block built for […]

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Overland Partners transforms a San Antonio warehouse into a lofty studio

Architecture studio Overland Partners has transformed an old warehouse to create itself a new studio and office building in the heart of the arts district of San Antonio, Texas (+ slideshow). Working for a local developer, the architects renovated the former Hughes Plumbing Warehouse building to create a bigger office for the firm, alongside rentable space for other tenants. Instead of […]

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Texan military hospital by RTKL features slatted sun shades based on skin grafts

This military hospital in San Antonio features terracotta brise soleils inspired by strips of grafted skin, which protect burns victims from the intense sun (+ slideshow). The new San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) by architecture and engineering firm RTKL is positioned among a larger campus of red brick buildings. The 70,000-square-metre campus includes an emergency trauma centre, surgical research […]

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Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts unveils campus redesign by Steven Holl

News: Steven Holl has been appointed to rework the campus of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and will add new buildings to offer a “complementary contrast” to structures by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo. New York-based Steven Holl plans to relegate all of the existing car parking underground, creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with two buildings […]
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