Using wood windows and doors for the majority of the glazing tied the fenestration to the site by invoking the trees that surround the house, bringing the natural, organic language of wood into play. By utilizing squared, minimal frame profiles, the fenestration is expressed subtly, contributing to the visual experience without detracting from the views. On the wood storefront, the glazing stops are located on the exterior, keeping the interior profiles clean, linear and uninterrupted. The larger composite openings were designed with common mullions to avoid compromising sight lines that result from the conventional banking of separate window and door frames. This served to reduce the visible structure and maximize the amount of glass, preserving the light and open aesthetic, which were so important to the client.
“The house embodies and reflects the deep structure of the place as well as the minimalist aesthetic of the graphic designer client: high nature is married to high design.”
Frederick Steiner, Associate AIA
Dean, UT Austin School of Architecture