Residence 104 is located on a steeply-sloping, wedge-shaped site that opens to sweeping views of a canyon, Lake Austin and the Hill Country beyond.
The house is laid out as an arc along the sharp fall of the terrain, creating a substantial front yard that accommodates many family activities (the reverse of the typical suburban American house). The building is broken into three pavilions connected by breezeways, allowing the site to “flow” through. The pavilions, framed with thick stone walls on two sides, afford a strong connection between the grand vistas in back and the activity spaces in front.
The roof, with deep overhangs to protect from the sun, is shaped to collect rainwater, which is channeled through two expressive scuppers into a pair of 20,000-gallon cisterns under the house.