American studio Specht Architects has designed this Dallas residence with long corrugated concrete volumes to reference brutalist architecture.
The Preston Hollow home is influenced by the texture and shape of modern Dallas, Texas houses built in the 1950s and 1960s. Its plan is spread across three long cast concrete volumes that comprise 8,826 square feet (820 square metres).
Specht Architects oriented each of the orthogonal structures to wrap around courtyards, grassy patches and stone covered patios.
Large windows and steel columns are paired with corrugated concrete walls that were constructed using custom-fabricated formwork. The textured material gives the residence its brutalist appearance while the thin window frames and metal pillars intend to soften its heaviness.
"This technique, a staple of brutalist architecture from the 1960s and 70s creates a play of shadows and pattern that changes throughout the day," said studio founder Scott Specht.
"Unlike the brutalist work from that era, however, the heavy walls here are countered by delicate steel columns, thin window frames, and the hovering cantilevered edges of the roof," he continued.
"The concrete is a grounding element that provides a contrast to the overall lightness of the spaces."
Concrete steps and gravel pathways that surround the volume are shaded by a flat overhang that spans across a portion of the house. A rectangular opening is cut into the roof structure above a courtyard situated at the centre of the house.
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