2021 RDAA | Custom Urban House | Highland Park Residence | Alterstudio

Alterstudio’s ambitious design for full-time art collectors succeeds on many levels, not least for its elevation of a featureless suburban lot—and the artwork inside. Deep lot setbacks influenced its boomerang-like footprint, which is articulated as an Indiana limestone-clad bar that cantilevers over the main level. Retracting glazed walls on each side of the long living space allow the landscape, with its gardens, terraces, and a pool, to flow through. At the entrance, a glass-lined hole opens in the 35-foot cantilever, scrambling perceptions of inside and out. Sectionally, the house interacts with sunlight in delightful and unexpected ways through interior light wells, slatted partitions, and pocket gardens. Programmatic landscape elements are skillfully deployed, too. Accessed from the alley, the garage is hidden under green terracing in the backyard, creating a soft canvas for play and entertaining. And across the lawn, an art gallery was sunk into the site to achieve 14-foot ceilings. 

“Given all the constraints, we were really proud to contribute in a way that makes the environment richer and not just historicist,” Kevin says of the neighborhood of contemporary Tudor and French chateau-style homes. “When one drives by, it’s not like it looks like everything else, or ‘what is that crazy shape?’ It’s respectful, unusual, and intriguing, and is a different version of the way architecture can materialize in this neighborhood, aligned to our clients’ interest in contemporary art.” [See previous Case Study coverage of this project here.]



Custom Urban House

Highland Park Residence

Project Credits

Architect: Kevin Alter, Assoc. AIA; Ernesto  Cragnolino, FAIA; Tim Whitehill, Assoc. AIA; Michael Woodland, AIA; Jenna Dezinski, Alterstudio Architecture, Austin, Texas

Builder: Steven Hild Custom Builder, Dallas

Interior Designer: Silvia Zofio,  SZ PROJECTS, Dallas

Landscape Architect: David L. Hocker, Hocker Design, Dallas

Lighting Designer: Essential Light Design  Studio, Dallas

Structural Engineer: Ellinwood + Machado Structural Engineers, Atlanta

Mechanical Engineer: Positive Energy, Austin

Project Size: 12,398 square feet

Site Size: .67 acre

Construction Cost: Withheld

Photography: Casey Dunn

Key Products

Cladding: Indiana limestone

Faucets: VOLA

Garage Doors: MHB/Grand Openings

HVAC: Mitsubishi, Aprilaire

Lighting: Amerlux 

Lighting Control: Lutron

Ovens: Miele

Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero

Sinks: VOLA

Tile: Ceramica Suro

Tub: Blu Bathworks

Windows: Western Window Systems

Window Wall Systems: Sky-Frame


Plans and Drawings

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