On a quiet residential street close to downtown Austin, this residence takes inspiration from the forms of the existing neighborhood, but updates the design with a modern material palette, expansive glass and a minimalist selection of interior materials.
Project Name: Palma Plaza
Studio Name: Dick Clark + Associates
Project size: 3300 ft2
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 2
Location: Austin, TX, United States
Photography: Paul Bardagjy
Designed originally as a speculative home, the new owners fell in love with the house instantly and purchased the residence mid-construction. Not wanting to rewrite the concept, they came back to us to design and customize the interiors to match their own personalities.
Positioned on an interior city lot, the front façade shows a narrow elevation of the design from the front, but as you walk through, there are strategic moments throughout the house that close off or open up certain areas volumetrically to help shape the experience and create more comfortable interior spaces. It was important to the interior designers to blend clean and contemporary with warm and inviting to fit this unique, old-Austin neighborhood.
Bringing transitional elements into the interiors at various scales, such as a large shiplap wall that wraps into the kitchen and around the stair, or white oak trim on specific interior windows, helped to blur the lines between contemporary and traditional. Each moment throughout the house has a connection back to the outdoors using glass and adjacent pocket yards to dissolve the borders between interior and exterior, creating a homey living experience on a very urban property.