RED RIVER RESIDENCE
At 3,400-square-feet, the three-story house makes the most of its limited lot size while creating a deceptively large and open feel on each floor thanks to the ample use of glass which blurs the lines between inside and out. A 25-foot NanaWall system can be opened to further expand the first floor and connect it to the outdoors with creamy travertine floors continuing to the lap pool which forms part of the home’s foundation.
Steve Zagorski subscribes to one fundamental belief when designing residential properties: “If you have good space, good light and good proportion, you’re are going to have a pretty nice house,” he says.
That is certainly the case with a contemporary home he designed on a prime, corner lot in Barton Hills. Hired by Brent Fannin, founder of building and remodeling company FIA Homes, to design the house on spec, Zagorski conceived a 3,200-square-foot, four-bedroom home that will never look out of style.
The trademark of the house is an expansive courtyard that seamlessly integrates with the indoor spaces. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows—which lead to the living room, dining space and master bedroom—frame the courtyard on three sides, creating a sense of openness and fluidity throughout.
When homeowners entertain, they open the sliding-glass doors to the courtyard, and guests flow between the rooms. The homeowners told Zagorski’s team that they particularly like the home’s layers of transparency. While regularly enjoying their morning coffee from their master bedroom, they can see through the courtyard, across the living room and out onto the street. Large, overhanging trees and low-e glass help protect the interior against the Texas sun and elements, while inviting nature in.
VIRTUAL REALITY ARCADE
A series of conceptual images were created for two developers pursuing the opening of a virtual reality arcade in an Austin retail hot spot.
Virtual Reality as seen from the outside becomes a performance, and so the concept was to design a space in which the participants act as the storefront.
The inspiration for the design is a combination of retro arcades meshed with a pop-culture cyber future reminiscent of Tron.
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