The Deck House is a new house added to the back side of an existing residence of a family of six in Austin, Texas. The owner requirements were twofold: To provide a large, outside, gathering space, and to accommodate new entertainment spaces, a bedroom, and a wine cellar.
The design addresses both objectives with the creation of a singular structure: a wooden “waffle-slab”. This structure, which extends 45 feet over the cliff, supports the new deck at the upper level and hovers over the entertaining spaces of the lower level. The structure, with its sweeping design, embraces the landscape. It also enhances the openness of the lower level as it projects from inside to outside providing overhangs in all directions.