Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s homes of Northern California, the Pemberton Residence sits in stark contrast to the new houses and huge additions that have overtaken this neighborhood in the centre of Austin, Texas.
Tucked between the neighboring houses, Pemberton Residence was designed and built by local Austin firm alterstudio at a considerably lower cost than the median cost of construction in the surrounding area. The simplicity of its design also meant that the house could be built quickly compared to many other buildings.
Pemberton Residence is a 2,500 square foot single-story dwelling that was designed for empty nesters looking to forego their now empty children’s bedrooms and instead live closer to the vast array of restaurants and live music venues on offer in downtown Austin.
Designer Kevin Alter was influenced by California modernist design. The home incorporates light and air, and the blending of outdoor space to the indoors. Situated in a leafy suburb, the floor to ceiling windows, abundance of natural light, and natural materials makes the home stand out for its simplicity and modern ideals.
First impressions lead to numerous surprising revelations. A curved oak-clad wall formed at the entrance takes you inside to what is a U-shaped floor plan surrounding an interior courtyard. This curving wood wraps both the front and back of the house. Wood walls are again used on interior a backdrop for the living room and curve around the family room. A concealed door within a wooden wall pushes open to reveal the master bedroom.
The home is sustainably designed and thoughtfully sited for solar and wind orientation, efficient systems, and a direct relationship from indoors to outdoors. The home exudes both openness and privacy, allowing the occupants to bask in the Texas sunshine, while being hidden away in their own private sanctuary.