“This is another beautiful example of a simple concept executed in a very sophisticated way. They’re able to maintain the simplicity in the landscape, in the form of the building, in the views out to the landscape, in the material choices — in every aspect of the building.”
— Douglass Alligood, AIA, NOMA

Location Austin
Architect Miró Rivera Architects
Design Team Juan Miró, FAIA, Miguel Rivera, FAIA, Ken Jones, AIA, Brooks Cavender, Taylor Odell
Contractor Classic Constructors
Geotechnical Engineer Terracon
Structural Engineer Architectural Engineers Collaborative
MEP Engineer Bay & Associates
Lighting Arclight Design
Landscape Designer Environmental Survey Consulting

The design for the River Hills Residence was inspired by its site’s unique topography and natural assets: massive pecan and bald cypress trees, proximity to Lake Austin, and views of wooded cliffs. The main house is comprised of two wings connected by a glass volume flanking a central courtyard, with weathering steel used for cladding, handrails, chimneys, retaining walls, and scuppers. The wings are connected by the great room, which features a sculptural charcoal limestone fireplace and two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. Along the east facade, an overhang defines a series of outdoor living spaces before turning upward to wrap around the primary suite perched on the southeast corner. A path leads to a swimming pool, guest cabin, and boat dock.

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