Bunny Run Residence

Bunny Run Residence

Private Houses
Austin, Texas, USA - Build completed in 2015
Casey Dunn

Bunny Run Residence

Alterstudio Architecture as Architects

The Bunny Run Residence is a 5,414-square-foot speculative home in a subdivision replete with traditional houses of limestone walls and gabled roofs (as well as an active Home Owners Association and CCRs). Within this ordinary neighborhood, the home is oriented to take maximum advantage of an unexpected greenbelt and lovely views offered at the rear of the property.

A two-story mass conceals the neighbor to the east and establishes an independent relationship with the site. The entry courtyard is designed around a stand of live oaks and defines the home’s public presence with an assertive, albeit sensitive, injection of modernity to the area. By contrast, a private courtyard in the rear, where the neighboring homes disappear from view, creates a tranquil refuge. Akin to the ethos of the Eichler Homes of Northern California and the suburban ideal of post-war America, once inside the Bunny Run Residence the neighborhood disappears, leaving the visitor with a serene interior and uninterrupted views to the out-of-doors and greenbelt. Abstract and not immediately accessible from the street, the building reveals itself through its sustained experience. Meandering through its entry sequence, the visitor is drawn towards an evolving collection of enticements. Rooms extend to the out-of-doors as well as adjacent rooms, and are caught between several sources of light and view. Transparency, reflection and shadow are embraced ubiquitously and activate the interior spaces throughout the day. Windows that disappear beyond the plane of the ceiling, oversized mahogany sliders, and an unexpectedly tall light monitor in the master bathroom further a sense of wonder, while quarter sawn oak floors, walnut cabinetry, and grey Lueders limestone provide a point of stasis against this dynamic milieu.

In many ways, a new home influences the individuals who inhabit it. However, it is through the intimate experience of a place that architecture is metabolized and resonates most. Like a book, held close and read almost aloud so that the words reverberate inside, the Bunny Run residence puts forth an intimate environment capable of transforming individual lives.

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