Cliff Dwelling in Austin, Texas

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Cliff Dwelling

Contemporary Residence on Lake Austin, Texas, USA – design by Specht Harpman, architects

13 May 2015

Cliff Dwelling in Austin

Location: Lake Austin, Texas, USA

Design: Specht Harpman, architects

Suspended on a narrow limestone ridge halfway down a cliff overlooking Lake Austin, Cliff Dwelling builds upon the frame of an existing 1970s-era structure.

Cliff Dwelling

The renovation re-works the processional sequence into and through the house making it habitable for an elderly couple, enhancing engagement with the dramatic site, and incorporating elements that have personal importance to the owners.

Cliff Dwelling

Cliff Dwelling

The original entry was via a dangerous exterior ramp that ran from street level down to a front door, 25’ below. One now enters via a light-filled pavilion that overlooks the lake and opens onto a large rooftop herb garden. A sequence of stairs, supplemented by an elevator, descends through the three levels of the house, revealing views of both the lake and the limestone cliff.

Materials incorporated into the house include flooring that the owners salvaged and saved, furniture made from a collection of industrial parts, and stone from a quarry they frequented during vacations.

Cliff Dwelling in Austin – Building Information

Project Category: Built Work
Project Type: Single-family Residence
Project Size: 6,203 sq. ft.
Completion Date: 2013

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Cliff Dwelling in Austin information / images from Specht Harpman


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