A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City

Architects: Tobin Smith Architect
Project: Ravine Retreat
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Builder: Truax Construction
Photography: Mark Menjivar

Conceived as a house of duality that addresses the differing conditions of public and private with a heavy, grounded stone wall facing the street and light, hovering volumes overlooking the ravine, Ravine Retreat is a home designed to be a peaceful escape focused on the natural realm within the conditions of an established neighborhood.

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 1

Three-dimensionally keyed into the site, the house is carefully situated around three mature oak trees, over a small valley and against two setback lines. The great room, a bridge straddling the ravine with a thirty-six foot wide floor-to-ceiling operable glass façade, reveals the natural features of the site as well as the perpendicular body of the house hovering over the glass-walled game room and pool deck below.

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 2

In order to protect the roots of the trees, the pool had to be partially built on piers. The challenge in constructing the unique design was keeping a consistent modern datum line throughout the expanse of the structure. The owners’ commitment to modern details remained consistent throughout all phases of construction.

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 3

A group of materials sensitive to regional context and suitable for both interior and exterior conditions was selected. Copper, stone, wood, and plaster carry throughout the residence and slide past panes of glass, extending spatial readings and minimizing the transition at the building envelope. Carefully curated art, both inside and out, adds another layer of intensity to the experience of site and structure.

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 14

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 15

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 5

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 16

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 6

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 7

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 8

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 9

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 12

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 13

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 10

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 11

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 17

A San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape from the Busy City 4

San Antonio Retreat Designed as a Peaceful Escape 18

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Modern Mexican Home Celebrates Indoor-Outdoor Lifestyle

The project composition was achieved through a modulation that links interior and exterior spaces through different entrances, surrounding every façade with garden or terrace. The public areas of this modern Mexican home have been designed in the back to take advantage of the broad views. Private areas were arranged in front to exploit and enjoy the sunlight.

Art Villa on a Hillside Over the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica

Out of all the villas in the Art Villas complex, this majestic concrete villa was the first to be designed, as well as finished. The bright minds behind the architectural concept of the building belong to the Refuel Works studio.

Contemporary Chic Apartment / Normless Studio

The 115-square-meter family apartment, part of a 1970’s building, situated in the centre of the city of Serres, in Northern Greece, was utterly renovated, to meet the requirements of the young couple with their new-born girl.

Sustainable Mountain House in Western Montana

Completed as a collaboration between Studio Zerbey Architecture and Balance Associates Architects, the home was built by McMahon Construction. The natural modern home is sited carefully on a property that has a creek running through its backyard.

Rooftop Retreat Designed to Showcase the Chicago Skyline

Project: Rooftop Retreat Architects: dSPACE Studio Location: Chicago, Illinois Area: 850 sf Photo Credits: Evan Thomas This attractive rooftop retreat was designed by Chicago-based dSpace Studio. The firm’s work...

New Ethiopian Restaurant in the Heart of Poble Sec, Barcelona

Also we used earth, beige and burgundy colours and materials such as light wood, natural fibers and cotton and linen fabrics to create a warm atmosphere so the color of the “Mesobs” (traditional Ethiopian tables) resonate through the restaurant.