Cabin gets upclose and personal with its surroundings
“A deft use of simple materials coupled with a wonderful sense of restraint helps the house merge naturally into its environment.”
– jury comment
HONOR AWARD, Barbee Association, with Mary Helen Pratte, Austin, TX
This 1,000-square-foot guest cabin captured the jury’s attention because of its straightforward approach to building, its sensitivity to nature, and the way it celebrates indoor-outdoor living.
The site, near Austin, Texas, borders an aquifer recharge zone, so a restricted footprint was important. The choice of the material for the cabin floor was environmentally sensitive as well: It’s made of Trex, a decking lumber manufactured from recycled plastic bags, reclaimed pallet wrap, and waste wood. A network of concrete piers helps the primarily wood-framed structure appear to float above the land. A standing-seam metal butterfly-shaped roof directs rainwater into a large aboveground cistern located outside the living room.