The Ashby Residence is derived from the stereotomic operation of subtracting from and adding to a solid volume to enable specific programmatic relationships and daylight conditions. Sited on a typical 50’x150’ single-family residential lot in Austin, Texas, the design questions the standard house massing and arrangement by stretching along the length of the lot.
Charles Davis Smith
Dallas-based photographer Charles Davis Smith weaves his training as an architect and skill with the camera into memorable images that celebrate the architectural experience. A collaborator and artist at his core, he employs a keen understanding of design in the aesthetic and technical approaches to each image. His work has appeared in publications worldwide and has earned a multitude of design awards for his clients.
As an undergraduate architecture student at Texas A&M University, Charles understood the power of images to convey an architect’s design intent, their usefulness as tools of learning and inspiration, and their necessity as stand-ins for the actual experience of a building.
Located on a small triangular lot near Bull Creek in Austin, this house addition was required to comply with complex ordinance regulations which drastically constrain the possibility to add area to an 800 square-foot house originally built in the 1950’s.
The home office addition not only complements the existing house and balances the dynamic West Austin lot, but also provides a newly framed portal to the creek and its rich landscape beyond.
The Autohaus is a car collectors’ garage and residence in central Texas. The design features compact living quarters, expressed as a single mass, floating above an open area for flexible gathering and automobile calibration/display.
Architects: Norman D. Ward Architect Project: 22 Billets House Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Area: 950 sq. feet Photography: Charles Davis Smith AIA 22 Billets House is a renovation project completed in 2016 by Norman D. Ward Architect. The house is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Renovations were limited to a 28-foot wide slot through the […]
Cottonwood House is a single family house designed by Bernbaum-Magadini Architects. The house is located in Dallas, Texas, US. From the architect: A home for entertaining friends and family was the inspiration for this 7500 SF home. Although the couple were empty nesters they wanted plenty of room for children, spouses and grandchildren to come and […]