The Tumbleweed Residence reflects the owners’ desire to embrace a surrounding expressed in simple materials -steel, concrete block, wood- and celebrates craft and evidence of the hand in the construction.
Alterstudio Architecture LLP of Austin, Texas focuses its attention on the relationship between the material facts of architecture and the social occasions it shelters and invites. The work is rooted in deep-seated virtues of architecture – generous space making, shrewd manipulation of day lighting, and meticulous attention to detail. The heightening of direct human experience and the framing of the complex circumstances of their situations are at the core of each project.
Alterstudio Architects is recognized as one of ‘the most innovative and progressive architecture firms in Texas,’ has won many design awards and has been published regionally, nationally and internationally. Rather than a traditional, top-down structure, the office operates more collaboratively, and relies on the talent and independence of each of its seven staff.
Within a very ordinary neighborhood, the Constant Springs Residence is oriented to take maximum advantage of the unexpected escarpment, creek and natural views offered at the rear of the property.
The Sugar Shack Residence slips between a dramatic ravine and an intimate courtyard, both defining and accommodating its adjacent circumstances.
In Austin, Texas, where housing is in high demand, the innovative formation of two condos (a primary residence and an accessory dwelling unit) provides increased density and makes the South 3rd Street Residence affordable.
In the heart of the city and on a 50’ wide infill lot, the South 5th Residence is delineated as a three-story volume that—with an open living room suspended on two piers— deftly negotiates the city of Austin’s zoning regulations and the Oak’s critical root zone, nimbly avoiding tree roots.
The Cuernavaca house is the latest installment in an evolving constructed landscape on a two-acre family compound that is shared by the client and her sister. Nestled in a wooded lot, the home forms an ensemble with an existing pool house.