In close collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture, Coen + Partners is designing a comprehensive site master plan and series of site interventions for 60 acres of lake-front land in Austin, Texas. The property, rich with natural features, borders both Lake Austin and Bull Creek; the site’s rolling hills are populated with large live oaks and pecans. Geometries formed by the water’s edge, topography and tree lines inform concepts for circulation and structure placement.
The project’s focus is the design of individual site plans for four main structures: barn, guest house, main house, and recreation building. Each structure has a specified and unique program, necessitating a thorough process to develop access, circulation, restoration, and recreation concepts. Refinement of these concepts revealed the importance of simple and clear lines within the complex landscape.
In addition to the collaborations for each structure’s landscape, Coen + Partners is designing a contextual and dynamic landscape strategy for the entire site. The owner’s exterior sculpture collection will be sited at critical points throughout the property: on hilltops to highlight views beyond, at the water’s edge adjacent to an entertainment deck and along a transect path through the north end of the site. Balancing the integration of art, a comprehensive plan for a new production olive orchard at the eastern edge of the property introduces the concept of organic urban agriculture as a foil to the traditional idea of garden estate. Concurrent with this idea, a series of curated gardens flank the edges of an existing drainage way, contesting the notion of environmentally fit landscape as the domain of native restorations.
Location: Austin, TX
Collaboration: Michael Maltzan Architecture
COEN + PARTNERS WINS THE 2015 SMITHSONIAN COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
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