Location Fort Davis
Architect Lake|Flato Architects
Design Team Ted Flato, FAIA; Bill Aylor, AIA; Rand Pinson, AIA
Contractor Duecker Construction
Structural Engineer Leap!Structures
Water Conservation Consultant Innovative Water Solutions
Photovoltaic Consultant Freedom Solar Power
Situated against a secluded bluff in the Davis Mountains of far West Texas, The Prow’s simple rectangular form is protected by a long gable roof. Inside, a vaulted space contains the kitchen, dining, and living areas, while a dog run separates the other module that houses two bedrooms and a bath. A porch runs the length of the building with a view across the subtle, jutting landform that gives the project its name. The house relies on a photovoltaic array and battery storage for electricity. Solar thermal collectors heat the house through a radiant flooring system. A large cistern collects potable rainwater. The exterior is clad in rusting steel, a contrast to the warm, natural pine interiors. The steel structure was fabricated in San Antonio, transported in components to West Texas, and bolted together on site.