CLEAR ROCK RANCH     2017 AIA Austin Design Award Winner    Clear Rock Lookout is a raw steel hunting blind, writing studio, and observation deck that celebrates the stunning landscape and wildlife views. The 450sf building is nestled below a limestone cliff edge, and has to be “discovered” when approached from the top of the mesa. This gradual reveal of the building strengthens the unfolding landscape panorama made possible from the unique vantage provided by the structure.  The site was specifically chosen for its views by the owner after years of slowly traversing and mapping the wooded cliff edge. The modern form contrasts with the Hill Country vernacular used on the rest of the 1,000 acre West Texas ranch. Naturally weathering steel was chosen to age with the surroundings and to pay homage to the owner’s youth spent welding oil tanks.  Large sheets of glass, a variety of warm woods, and a highly detailed assembly complete the “jewelbox in the landscape” expression of the lookout.   Contractor:  Ron Reue Construction   Steel Fabrication :  Longhorn Welding    Structural Engineers :  Arch Consulting Engineers    Photo Credits :  Casey Dunn    Publications:   Texas Made/Texas Modern ,  Dezeen  ,  ArchDaily ,  Dwell  ,  Uncrate ,  Texas Architect Magazine
       
     
   PAZ VETERINARY    Located on south First in central Austin, we were tasked to provide a space that functions as a veterinary clinic but be designed to not look like a vet clinic. Using a pre-existing footprint, we made the most of the budget by using an agriculture vernacular that utilized a pre engineered building with a unique pattern of horizontal windows. Two sculptural skylights provide ample natural light for the space and transform the pre engineered building into something more unique. The warehouse like space, created a box filled with minimal program for the owner to have flexibility with their own needs and aesthetic. Low partition walls, skylights, a sloped ceiling, and a mezzanine maximize the visibility and daylight within the space.   Contractor :  DKC construction    Structural Engineer : StruktureOne Group   MEP Engineering :  AYS Engineering    Landscape :  Sprout    Millwork :  Nick Schnitzer  and  K&J    Photo Credits :  Casey Dunn  &  The Range
       
     
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  CARL'S WAY RESIDENCE   The Carl's Way Residence is an undulating, zero energy home nestled into a gently sloping grassy site on Martha’s Vineyard. The house consists of 3 separate living structures and a detached garage. The volumes are attached by a large deck and dynamically sloping standing seam metal roofs.  The house is super insulated, with a full 3” wrapper of rigid insulation around all walls, roofs and foundations. All the insulation allows the house to use a much more efficient heating and cooling system.  The windows are high performance triple pane European units to make sure the entire envelope performs as well as the highly insulated walls. Lighting is primarily LED to conserve energy. The HVAC system is made up entirely of highly efficient Mitsubishi Mini Split heat pumps to serve both heating and cooling. The project is all electric. To balance this high electric demand, enough high efficiency solar panels are installed out of sight on the garage to completely supply all the power needs of the home.  Ryan was the project manager and design lead for the Carl's Way Residence while working at  Maryann Thompson Architects  in Cambridge, Massachusetts.   Photo Credits : Stephanie Lemmo & Jeremy Bitterman