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Skyline House amidst nature with impressive city views

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The Skyline House is situated on a sloping site in West Lake Hills, Texas. Designed by Dick Clark Architecture, this house is nestled between mature Live Oaks to create a strong connection to nature and establish a unique sense of place.  The form of the house is long and linear, following the natural topography of the site and directing the perspective towards impressive views of downtown Austin.  A stretch of sliding glass doors pockets completely into the walls, creating a 40 foot wide opening between the living area and outdoor spaces.

Stucco, stone and zinc create a natural and low-maintenance exterior, while floor-to-ceiling glass and deep overhangs create spaces that are both dramatic and comfortable.  From the grey porcelain tile floors to the extensive black walnut built-ins, the house was designed and detailed to be easygoing and flexible.  The result is a home that functions equally well for a large party as for a quiet moment taking in the sunrise.

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Photos: Paul Bardagjy

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