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Cliff Dwelling in Austin, Texas by Specht Harpman

 
May 14th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Specht Harpman

Suspended on a narrow limestone ridge halfway down a cliff overlooking Lake Austin, this home builds upon the frame of an existing 1970s-era structure. The renovation re-works the processional sequence into and through the house making it habitable for an elderly couple, enhancing engagement with the dramatic site, and incorporating elements that have personal importance to the owners.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Project: Cliff Dwelling
  • Location: Austin, Texas, US
  • Software used: SketchUp
  • Project Category: Built Work
  • Project Type: Single-family Residence
  • Project Size: 6,203 sq. ft.
  • Completion Date: 2013

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

The original entry was via a dangerous exterior ramp that ran from street level down to a front door, 25’ below. One now enters via a light-filled pavilion that overlooks the lake and opens onto a large rooftop herb garden. A sequence of stairs, supplemented by an elevator, descends through the three levels of the house, revealing views of both the lake and the limestone cliff.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Materials incorporated into the house include flooring that the owners salvaged and saved, furniture made from a collection of industrial parts, and stone from a quarry they frequented during vacations.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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