House on Turtle Creek
This project involved a very thorough renovation and addition to a 1970s house originally designed by noted Dallas architect, the late Bud Oglesby. The house occupies a site close to downtown Dallas but adjacent to significant green spaces with large, mature trees. Though the general siting of the original building had acknowledged the amenity of the location, the house itself was dark and closed-in. The renovation removed all exterior materials and revised all of the fenestration. On the Turtle Creek end of the house, the removed portion was replaced by a new glass volume. At the opposite end of the house, the removed portion was replaced by a single-story wing containing an indoor room (family room) and an outdoor room.
Both ends of the house were removed because of severe deterioration and in order to open up the 7,330-square-foot house to extraordinary views up Turtle Creek and across to the Dallas Country Club. Delineations of zones for servant spaces (stairs, storage, plumbing and mechanical) and served spaces (living, dining, entry, etc.) that paid homage to Louis Kahn in the original house were clarified and fortified.
Common, but powerful materials are employed throughout the house. Timeless substances are detailed with freshness and sophistication. Both inside and outside rich, tactile surfaces are made even more vivid by a variety of natural light sources and qualities. In the primary stairwell, for example, the thick limestone walls that contain the space are counterbalanced by a delicate stainless steel woven screen that hangs the full height of the stairwell and acts as a guardrail for both flights of steps. Both the soft, tactile surface of the stone and the shimmery surface of the stainless steel screen are enhanced by natural light introduced at the top of the stairs through a translucent lantern and by fiber optic artificial light that glaze the room’s surfaces at night.
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AIA Austin Citation of Honor
Building Stone Institute, Tucker Stone Award
Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Honor
Texas Society of Architects Honorable Mention
Publications + News
- Texas Made / Texas Modern: The House and the Land
- Page Reveals Design Niche: Luxury Residences
- Architectural Digest on Dallas Modern Houses
- Past Made Perfect With Emily Summers: A Radical Redo of a 1970 Texas House Fulfills a Dream