alterstudio architecture

1103 Constant Springs Drive, 78746
New Construction

3,600 square feet

The opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge presented a powerful circumstance for this family of four. The house emphasizes a dynamic spatial sequence while creating an abstract backdrop for the serendipity of light, reflection, circumstance, and view. An unmitigated roof defines a precinct for living and creates continuity throughout the property, while a delicate custom-glazed window wall, accentuated by monolithic corner glazing, connects the interior to the outdoors. Inhabitation is here defined between a lush front courtyard and a dynamic expanse of nature behind. A magnificent live oak with an unusually tall trunk allowed for adjustment of the steep grade. The ubiquitous cedar ceiling opens to let the tree pass through while an Ipe deck permits the penetration of water. A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the core of the house.
Project Team
Ernesto Cragnolino, AIA
Kevin Alter, Assoc. AIA
Tim Whitehill
Joseph Boyle, AIA