[BRACKETED SPACE] HOUSE
Incorporating the site’s dynamic landscape into the daily life of its residents, the [Bracketed Space] House is designed as a meaningfully-framed procession through the property with nuanced natural lighting throughout. A continuous and jogging retaining wall from outside to inside embeds the structure below natural grade at the front with flush transitions at its rear facade. All indoor spaces open up to a courtyard which terraces down to the tree canopy, creating a readily visible and occupiable transitional space between man-made and nature.
The courtyard scheme is simplified by the common and private wings - connected by a glass dining “bridge." This transparent volume also visually connects the front yard to the courtyard, clearing for the prospect view, while maintaining a subdued street presence. The staircase acts as a vertical “knuckle,” mediating shifting wing angles while contrasting the predominant horizontality of the house.
Location: Austin, Texas | Phase: Completion 2016 | Project Manager: Travis Cook, Jayson Kabala | Design Team: Matt Fajkus, David Birt, Jayson Kabala, Travis Cook | General Contractor: Brodie Builders | Landscape Architect: Open Envelope Studio | Interior Designer: Joel Mozersky | Owners' Furnishing and Deco: Gingerwood Design-Build | Photography: Charles Davis Smith, FAIA, Spaces and Faces Photography, Dror Baldinger
Modern Home Tour, Austin, February 23, 2019
Luxe Red Award - Regional Winner, Contemporary Interior Design (Austin + San Antonio), 2018
HGTV Faces of Design Awards Finalist, 2017
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