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Striking urban oasis in Austin designed to encourage indoor-outdoor living

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A Parallel Architecture has created this urban oasis designed around an expansive central courtyard, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Outdoor living spaces are arranged under a canopy of mature growth oak and pecan trees to shade from the hot summer sun. This dwelling’s roof canopy and deep overhangs were configured to maximize solar orientation and prevailing breezes. 

Opposing low slung sleeping wings run alongside the north and south boundaries, offering sanctuary to a long series of terracing lawns, gardens, courtyards, and a glassy central living space. Wood clad bridges encompass the kitchen and dining spaces while the narros canopy structure floats over the lower roofs and offers deep cover to the front entry and west-facing back patio.

Accolades: 2019 American Architecture Award

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A second canopy structure occupies the southwest corner of the property, it’s generous overhangs provide shelter to the pool and lawn from the intense setting sun. Given the hot Texas climate, these deeply shaded patios with generous connections to the indoors are enjoyable year-round and nearly double the amount of living space in the home.

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What We Love: This urban oasis offers a lushly landscaped property in the middle of a city, creating a feeling of tranquility for this home’s inhabitants. At the back of this property, a relaxed atmosphere is provided with seamless indoor-outdoor living. A large swimming pool and shaded outdoor spaces encourage spending time outdoors even during the heat of the summer, perfect for family living and entertaining.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most intriguing and why in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, A Parallel Architecture: Inside a mid-century home reimagined with stunning details on Lake Austin and Striking lakefront refuge peeks above the forest canopy on Lake Austin.

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Photos: Casey Dunn Photography

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3 days ago

there is modernism for show (i.e. to look impressive in photos) and modernism to create a living space. this looks like modernism for show.

i find models in photos to be annoying. the people always end up looking like superfluous props.