Architect Weldon Turner of Turner Boaz Architecture in Dallas, Texas wanted the home to open up to the views across the golf course greens but the existing house had been built on a deeply excavated lot. It was first necessary to remove the structure and completely in-fill the property to achieve an appropriate elevation for the foundations so the new structure could be oriented correctly for the views and breezes.
The elements of the structure are arranged around a series of courtyards offering views across the open tranquility of the golf course while filling the spaces with light and capturing the cooling breezes. Graced by shaded loggias, the courtyards present a series of cooling water gardens and pools, open fire pits and fire places and enticing seating arrangements for relaxation, outdoor dining and entertainment or simply enjoying an evening cocktail.
Weldon described the inspiration for the design as coming from a visit to Pompeii and wandering around the excavated remnants of the classical Roman villas. From this, the concept of the home was to orient the living areas around a series of courtyards that transitioned from public areas inward to the more private family spaces, connected via colonnades of limestone columns and arches that channel the breezes efficiently into the inner spaces.
Given the large amount of glass in the design, Weldon incorporated careful building orientation, overhangs of the clay barrel tile roof and the breezeways to counter the hot Texas climate with passive cooling techniques. “We’ve been doing green architecture for over twenty years” says Weldon, “we just didn’t call it that”.
The delicate hues of Texas limestone accentuate the raw textures of the exposed peg mortise and tenon beams of reclaimed Pennsylvania timber. Elegant accents are infused with custom made wrought iron stair and balcony railings and hanging lanterns. The home is firmly rooted in the Texas vernacular with divergent elements seamlessly uniting to create a unique blend of character, elegance and endurance under the Texas sun.
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Turner Boaz Architecture
2609 Hibernia Street
Dallas, Texas 75204
Rick Yuill Builders
Fort Worth, Texas