PhotographerCasey Dunn PhotographyDallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of ‘New Brutalism’ By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

Project: Preston Hollow Home – New Brutalism
Architect: Specht Architects
Landscape Architect: Hocker Design Group
Interior Design: Magni Kalman Design
Contractor: Sebastian Construction
Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Photography: Casey Dunn
Text by Specht Architects

The design of Spechts’ Dallas house was driven by the desire to blur the lines between inside and outside while providing a sense of privacy and seclusion from the street and surrounding neighborhood, at the homeowners request. Its design is influenced by strategies common to classic Dallas modern homes of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. The home is 8,826 Square feet. Per architect Scott Specht, this is a one-of-kind residence represents ‘the new brutalism’ in architecture and design, once prevalent in Dallas midcentury architecture.

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

Heavy cast-concrete walls extend from the interior of the house out into the landscape, breaking the “modern box” and creating courtyards that allow for a bright, nature-filled view from every room. This effect is complemented by the huge glass walls that define each space. A large, floating, pavilion roof hovers over both the interior and exterior rooms, defining a special “living precinct” in the site and further fragmenting the boundary between interior and exterior. The roof shape and large cantilevered overhangs were carefully configured to provide complete shading from the harsh Dallas sun at all times of day. An “Impluvium” or opening in the center of the roof is modeled on those found in traditional Roman houses and allows rainwater and light to reach the garden below. Flowing water plays a large part in the design as well. Beginning at the entry, a narrow channel courses through the site and to the pool beyond. The stream is punctuated by a series of cascading terraces and a gentle waterfall near the main entry. At night, lighting within the water casts changing patterns on the adjacent textured concrete surfaces.

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

A New Brutalism
The concrete walls in the Preston Hollow house were cast using custom-fabricated formwork that creates a corrugated appearance. “This technique, a staple of brutalist architecture from the 1960’s and ‘70’s creates a play of shadows and pattern that changes throughout the day. 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. The concrete is a grounding element that provides a contrast to the overall lightness of the spaces,” says Scott Specht, founder Specht Architects.

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

Traditions of Dallas Modernism
Dallas has a long tradition of modern architecture that faded for decades and is now experiencing a resurgence. The home sites of Central Dallas, which are urban, relatively dense, and close to the city center, have driven a unique residential architecture with shaded and screened living spaces that are inward-looking and private. The Preston Hollow house refers to examples such as Edward Durell Stone’s 1959 Oak Court house, with its outdoor covered dining room surrounded by water, and Philip Johnson’s 1963 Beck Residence with its tree-filled inner courtyards.

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, living room

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, kitchen

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, dining room

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, interior design

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, bedroom

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, bedroom, fireplace

The Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects, bathroom

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of 'New Brutalism' By Specht Architects

Dallas Residence Represents Resurgence of New Brutalism By Specht Architects

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