This time of year is perfect for cruising around Austin and making a game of spotting cool architecture. For the lucky few who stumble upon the David/Peese Residence in West Lake Hills, the discovery is something to behold.
Located at 8 Sugar Creek Drive, this amazing garden residence is actually up for grabs. Built in 1979 by local architectural professor James Coote, the house has seen a number of additions by different architects over the years, with each design adding another layer of character to the residence.
The first addition to the house was made in 1988 by architect Paul Lamb. The unique farmhouse kitchen stands on the second floor above a cozy guestroom. Operable windows line the facade to allow natural light and fresh air in.
In 2007, Mell Lawrence designed an addition that serves as a studio space. The Brutalist form is composed of cast-in-place concrete with an undulating panel system to provide depth and texture. The balcony overlooks a valley of greenery and a koi pond.
The covered roof terrace serves as an extension of the master bedroom. Simple materials — stone, wood and steel — complement the surrounding gardens. The gabled roof provides an open-air but sheltered room to host large dinner parties or enjoy a morning cup of joe.
David/Peese Design is the landscape architect behind this horticultural masterpiece. Sitting on two acres, the property is filled with limestone steps and paths of decomposed granite that wind through manicured lawns, rows of vegetables and sculpted shrubbery. The garden getaway lives in perfect unity with the nature it inhabits.
Writing & Photography: Chase Daniel
Chase Daniel is a designer at Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin, TX. He loves learning, traveling, and capturing everyday moments with the camera in his pocket. He also uses architectural photography as a way of seeing design come to life outside of the workplace.
In his free time, he enjoys meeting new people and hearing their stories. After all, what is better than sharing in the joys of life with others?
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