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Hillside House in Austin

Aug 27, 2020

Hillside House in Austin, Texas

Architecture: Tim Cuppett Architects

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Hillside House Austin

The site is a one acre, narrow slice of hillside just blocks above bustling South Congress Ave with tree top views of downtown. Rocks and native vegetation envelope Hillside House, consistent with the casual, un-manicured character of its neighborhood.

Hillside House Austin

Hillside House Austin

Solving simultaneously the response to site and client: he, a musician who wanted a modern box with views to downtown and she, a yoga practicing mid-wife who wanted a barn with animals, the solution embraces and exploits the depth and slope of the land.

Hillside House Austin

From street level, one climbs a stair through a stone plinth to an elevated terrace captured by the house, screened porch and a grove of Live Oaks. Only the screened porch projects out from the slender block to capture prevailing breeze and afford uninterrupted views through the site.

Hillside House Austin

At the center of the home, the wall between dining and screened porch opens to provide true outdoor living. The dining room’s double height interior volume draws fresh air up and through the house.

Hillside House Austin

This functioning solar chimney combined with wide deep overhangs enable passive cooling through temperate seasons.

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The material palette was chosen with owner interests and neighborhood context in mind. Exterior slurried stone and rustic, shou sugi ban siding melt comfortably into the overgrown landscape along Hillside Avenue while thin steel details and large expanses of glazing cater to more modern sensibilities. So too on the inside, slick white walls contrast with v-groove millwork and quilt- inspired tile installations.

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The result is a composition of buildings which reinforce a camp-like aesthetic gathered around heritage live oaks. Both modern and rustic the house celebrates the “spirit of its place.”

Hillside House Austin

Hillside House Austin

Design: Tim Cuppett Architects

Photography: Whit Preston

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Location: Austin, Texas, USA

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