The Brutalist-inspired Preston Hollow home by Specht Architects (All photos by Casey Dunn, courtesy of Specht Architects).

Based in New York and Austin, Specht Architechts recently finished a Brutalist-inspired 8,000 square-foot home in Preston Hollow. This fresh architecture is influenced by the classic Dallas modern homes of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Archinect News reported.

“This Technique, a staple of Brutalist architecture from the 1960’s and 1970’s, creates a play on shadows and pattern that changes throughout the day,” founder of Specht Architects Scott Specht told Archinect News. “Unlike the Brutalist work from that era, however, the heavy walls here are countered by delicate steel columns, thin window frames, and the hovering edges of the roof. The concrete is a grounding element that provides a contrast to the overall lightness of the spaces.”

The home has a pavilion-style roof that lays over the planar structure. The cantilevered overhangs were thoughtfully made to provide shade from the Texas sun, the publication said.

The house also has an “Impulvium,” an opening from the center of the roof that was influenced by those in traditional Roman houses. This unique opening lets fresh light and rain to care for the garden below it.

To see the complete structure of this semi-Brutalist home, see Archinect News’ website.


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