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West Lake Hills Residence

This house positions itself as a backdrop to a spectacular site, with a dense canopy of trees in front and steep ravine in back. Our goal was to preserve all of the site’s large live oaks while creating a sense of transparency that allows the landscape to flow through the living spaces.

The original “French style” house from the 1970s had some “good bones” and our strategy was to preserve as much of the structure as we could, while introducing a new design language. New masonry walls extend the house and weave carefully between the trees, creating interior and exterior public rooms on the lower level, while supporting a “floating box” of private spaces above.

The house explores modern design tropes—large glass planes, ribbon windows— and makes use of basic, inexpensive construction techniques. Preservation of the trees, upgrading the building envelope, and installing green roofs showcase both environmental and aesthetic priorities.

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    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern living room by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern living room by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 5
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["PT"] [Published] Que organização é melhor para a minha sala de estar?
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern kitchen by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 4
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern media room by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 9
    ["FR"] [Published] Des murs topissimes en 2020, avec des couleurs ultra-tendances
    ["EN"] [Published] 20 things you can stop doing today (to make life easier)
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["SG"] [Published] Time saving tips to prepare you for Chinese New Year
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños
    ["IN"] [Published] Colour choices for the flat
    ["HK"] [Published] CNY special: 10 budget ways to brighten your home with red
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 5
    ["US"] [Published] 23 creative and cost effective wall ideas for you
    ["EN"] [Published] ​10 simple tips for gallery-worthy wall art at home
    ["IN"] [Published] 7 easy ways to make your home look more chic
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern bathroom by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 4
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern pool by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern houses by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["IN"] [Published] A Stunning Contemporary Home in the Lap of Nature
    ["ZA"] [Published] Beauty and balance
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños
  • West Lake Hills Residence Modern houses by Specht Architects Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
  • modern  by Specht Architects, Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

  • modern  by Specht Architects, Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños
  • modern  by Specht Architects, Modern

    West Lake Hills Residence

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["BR"] [Published] Uma casa para sentir orgulho
    ["EN"] [Published] From boring to unbelievable
    ["AR"] [Published] La casa de tus sueños

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