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Chris Walcher

Boothe Concrete

1906 Richcreek Rd
Austin, TX, 78757
United States

512-737-5006

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Sisters' Retreat Poolhouse

 

Mell Lawrence Architects

Office Project Team: Mell Lawrence, Kim Furlong, Krista Whitson, & John Castore

Contractor: Phase 1- Burkhalter Builder, Phase 2- C.L. Carson, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Structures, Shane Tanner, P.E

Concrete:  Boothe Concrete

Interiors: David/Peese Design

Photographs by Jonathan H. Jackson

Two parallel hypostyle halls – one covered by a steel trellis, the other enclosed –frame two sisters’ shared family pool house and play area on a semi-rural site. The house sits amongst a small family compound of homes and includes a small kitchen, bath, and a lounge that open to an outdoor fireplace, patio and bocci ball court.

A simple vocabulary of concrete, wood, glass and steel create an environment rich in texture that forms a highly controlled patterning device that animates the spaces with sun and shade throughout the day.

To reinforce the grid, all construction was held off columns by twelve inches, allowing the enclosed areas to seemingly float in the interstitial spaces. Oversized pivoting doors and windows connect indoor rooms to their outdoor counterparts, where voids created by the column landscape distinguish spaces and functions.

The wisteria and mustang vine covered trellis creates dappled shade. Its organic lines contrast the rigor of the man-made structure. Shadow and light add an ever-changing backdrop for family fun and entertaining.
— American Institute of Architects, Austin