A gated complicated of 5 architecturally noteworthy properties is rising on a five-and-a-half acre website simply west of Austin, Texas. Situated in upscale West Lake Hills, the five-bedroom properties are priced from $12.5 to $18 million with dwelling areas from about 6,700 to just about 10,000 sq. toes.
Described as a “non-public collective,” the 5 glass-rich up to date residences, every set on an approximate one-acre lot, are organized in order that the properties really feel “like they belong collectively,” say undertaking designers. Every house’s orientation, sightlines, landscaping and partitions are positioned in order that the buildings look as in the event that they work together—and even riff off one another—with out sacrificing privateness.
The complicated presents a uncommon and considerate synergy for what might be simply one other homogeneous gated group.
“There’s actually nothing like this in Austin,” says Francisco Uzcategui, founding father of Houston-based Unicus, a residential design-build agency spearheading the undertaking. “It’s uncommon to have the ability to design a gaggle of properties in 5 subdivided tons.”
5, as Uzcategui modestly calls the undertaking, broke floor in late 2021. The primary house might be full in November and the second in December. One other might be completed in April 2024 and the ultimate two completed by early 2025. Eric Moreland of Moreland Properties holds the itemizing.
A 6-foot-tall travertine wall bisected by a gate borders the entrance of the event. Simply past, the properties are positioned in a U round a broad tree-lined avenue. Entries, courtyards, gardens and views from rooms are oriented, some in juxtaposition to one another, to supply stability and symmetry. From overhead, the event resembles 5 large puzzle items that kind a cohesive entire.
“We’re not constructing these homes to simply maximize the wonder and worth of every particular person house, however to enhance the collective 5 as an entire,” Uzcategui says. The entire dwellings have swimming pools, gyms and both three- or four-car garages. Two of the properties have walk-in wine rooms, and the others embody wine storage.
The properties had been designed by architect David Curiel, founding father of Curiel Arquitectos, launched in 2011. The agency, with workplaces in Mexico Metropolis and Texas, is staffed with 40-plus architects, engineers and inside and furnishings designers, amongst others.
Curiel factors to homes No. 1 and a pair of, which face one another to the left of the gate. “We’ve positioned a backyard and patios in between, so we’re creating inexperienced areas to manage the views,” he says. “We use stone partitions, and greenery masking stucco partitions all through the undertaking, which assist mix the traces between the homes.”
Home No. 2 presents a modernist assemblage of shapes clad in limestone from Mexico. The creamy white to barely grey facade is accented by overhangs, their undersides confronted with stucco utilized with a brown adobe end, a course of that integrates the colour into the fabric. The strong brown can learn as practically black in low mild. Reddish tones emerge in brighter mild.
That interaction of supplies and colours, intersected by clerestories and partitions of home windows, yields a glance that’s studied however calming. The construction is banked by a terraced panorama resulting in the entry.
“A few of the house’s inspiration got here from viewing Los Angeles’ older homes,” says Curiel of the 9,010-square-foot residence. “So the house has extra of a midcentury type of vibe.”
Curiel says many householders are by no means in a position to really admire their properties from the within due to the outward-facing structure. As an alternative, Curiel turns his homes in upon themselves.
“We accomplish this via layering and the structure, the orientation of the rooms,” he says. “So in the event you’re standing within the eating room, you see your lined patio, the panorama, your pool, your aspect of the home. You get to understand the stone that you just picked, the colour.”
Skillful placement of glass partitions, usually utilized in hallways, additionally permits homeowners to view their property’s expanse. “You get the sunshine coming via each side, and you’re feeling the hugeness of the lot.” Curiel says. “I believe many designers envision the partitions first after which put home windows into them. My technique is to create glass partitions from the beginning.”
At 8,275 sq. toes, Home No. 3 has going through wings that embrace an expansive courtyard. The area is anchored by an oak tree that’s about 130 years outdated, its cover reaching 40 toes. A pool is simply past.
The U-shaped courtyard “permits you to get pleasure from your personal home from totally different factors inside the home,” Uzcategui says. The courtyard was designed across the current heritage tree, which was moved 10 toes for higher placement.
“Transferring the tree took us about six months and value $189,000,” Uzcategui says. “We’ve additionally planted greater than 35 mature oaks introduced from offsite to create these stunning reference factors all through the property.” The oaks are 14 to twenty years outdated and are 25 to 30 toes tall, serving to to extend privateness.
Marble imported from Mexico covers the facade of No. 3 with each honed and acid-wash finishes. The 2 textures add further enchantment and curiosity to the house, which might be full in December. “And we invite that very same materials inside on a few of the partitions, so it looks like the outside is flowing into the inside,” Uzcategui provides. “That gives a number of heat.”
No. 3 has a stately look with its in depth use of marble, however its interiors really feel relaxed and even homey, partly achieved with a heat cream and tan palette. Flooring and kitchen cabinetry are Bardolino grey oak, a saw-cut wooden with a classic look.
Home No. 4, slated for completion in November, is clad with limestone sourced from the Austin space. “After we began digging, we found the soil was a really heavy, sturdy limestone,” Uzcategui says. “So we’ve used that as inspiration for the house’s facade.”
An intensive overhang that stretches throughout the entrance of the 7,961-square-foot home helps to deflect the Texas warmth. That construction additionally accentuates an eye catching 24-by-10-foot brass entry door topped by a smaller overhang.
Alongside one aspect of the house is a dramatic two-story construction clad in stucco with a deep brown adobe end. The ultra-modern wing is lined with expansive home windows and appears incongruous in distinction to the remainder of the home. Uzcategui describes the amount as “museographic,” an architectural intervention that fortunately intrudes, veering off the principle constructing’s stone facade.
Home No.1, which has been offered and might be full in April 2024, is the smallest of the 5 at 6,682 sq. toes. Home No. 5, an L-shaped construction clad in darkish Italian brick, is the biggest at 9,870 sq. toes. “It was essentially the most enjoyable to design, partly as a result of it has essentially the most glass partitions,” Curiel says. The house features a cabana and a inexperienced “eco” roof, which has sweeping views of the Texas Hill Nation.
5 is six miles west of downtown Austin and is a 12-minute drive from the 4,000-acre Barton Creek Habitat Protect, which has quite a few mountaineering trails. The complicated is inside the Eanes Impartial College District, which was lately ranked the tenth greatest college district within the nation.
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