In the Bouldin Creek neighborhood in Austin, Texas we were asked to design a house and recording studio for a husband and wife team who play in a successful experimental rock band. Given that the size of the studio was essentially fixed (800 sf interior) this left little room for the remainder of the project on its small Austin lot.

We favored a scheme oriented about a semi-covered patio connecting the studio with the house. The ultimate design is an exercise in efficiency, privacy and security (as the band tours extensively). Given that the surrounding neighborhood is somewhat neglected, the house and studio provide extensive interior vistas. The finish out and vibrant colors reflect the more playful nature of our clients.

The house incorporates numerous sustainable features that render it amongst our most “green” projects including thickened insulated walls throughout, foam insulation, a reflective roof, natural ventilation, framing in recycled finger-joint pine and low voc paints and sealers. The entire eastern exposure is clad in a rainscreen of 3/4″ green tile, providing a visual theme and sheltering the building from the direct effects of the eastern sun.