Location Johnson City
Architect Lemmo Architecture and Design
Client David and Kathy Clem
Design Team Ryan Lemmo, AIA; Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Contractor Ron Reue Construction
Structural Engineer Arch Consulting Engineers
Designed to celebrate the landscape and provide views to wildlife, Clear Rock Lookout is a raw steel hunting blind, writing studio, and observation deck. The structure is nestled below a limestone cliff edge and therefore only visible when approached from the top of the mesa. The site was specifically chosen for its vistas by the owner after years of slowly traversing and mapping the wooded cliff edge. The modern form contrasts with the Hill Country vernacular found on the rest of the 1,000-acre ranch. Naturally weathering steel was chosen to age with the surroundings and pays homage to the owner’s youth spent welding oil tanks. Large sheets of glass, warm wood, and a detailed assembly complete the lookout.