Beverly Skyline contemporary-exterior

Beverly Skyline

Our concept revolved around the notions of recycling a building, reusing natural and manmade resources and reclaiming the ancient ideal that buildings can and should be sacred places, especially the home.

The project began as a modest remodel, but turned into a full master-planning for the site; including complete interior and exterior recycle, an addition to an existing 1970’s home, as well as re-organization of the garden. As the original house was poorly sited, a large motivation of the design was to reconnect the house with its site by utilizing the steep topography to capture the expansive views.

One goal was to integrate the architecture with the native garden and creek at the bottom of the property. To fully enjoy the reclaimed views, the house is wrapped by exterior decks with glass railings. The inspiration is kiyomizu temple in kyoto, japan, (founded 7th century a.d.) which sits above the landscape and provides panoramic views of the city.

In the spirit of reclaiming value, recycled materials are employed at every possible opportunity. The front facade of the house is comprised of recycled glass blocks, which were provided by the owner as a condition of the commission. the originally monolithic nature of the house is further dematerialized through the use of slats installed as rain screens. This wall assembly seems to dissolve the facade of the house, particularly at corner conditions.

The project also makes extensive use of harvested rainwater stored in pools and reservoirs to re-connect the house with its site. The water system lends a sense of drama to the intervention. a series of cascading ponds serve as part of the rain water collection system on the utilitarian level. On the aesthetic level it provides a peaceful transition between the landscape and the architecture.

The selection of plants in the garden are primarily plants native to the central texas region. This minimizes the usage of water, and follows principles of xeriscaping. The garden is planned around existing mature trees and shrubs with various ground covers and perennials. The intention was to preserve the characteristic of the site as much as possible and retain the essence of a landscape native to the edwards plateau in the hill country.

Beverly Skyline Residence
Austin Texas, USA

2006 Best Plot in the World Finalist,
Vienna, Austria

2009 Good Green Building Award
Chicago Athenaeum & The European Center for Art Architecture & Design

Bercy Chen Studio LP -Studio/350315618...

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"The project also makes extensive use of harvested rainwater stored in pools and reservoirs to re-connect the house with its site. The water system lends a sense of drama to the intervention. a series of cascading ponds serve as part of the rain water collection system on the utilitarian level. On the aesthetic level it provides a peaceful transition between the landscape and the architecture. "
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Cascading on a shallow reflecting pond using grey water, for a roof deck
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water feature, trees
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rainwater capture
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Outdoor bathing
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July 31, 2013
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July 31, 2013
Rainscreen, deck, moat
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A really wonderful pool with the wood deck and water channel
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Water feature in porch. (dt)
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July 21, 2013
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Water collection
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Water management
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July 9, 2013
rainwater collection concept
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July 8, 2013
Wood & Water
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July 7, 2013
Wood surround for porch, pool
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July 7, 2013
Would be a nice outdoor tub or fountain
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July 4, 2013
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July 4, 2013
pool/hot tub
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July 3, 2013
Hot tub
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June 28, 2013
could be entry to house with pool wrapped around
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June 28, 2013
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June 23, 2013
Pool off deck surface
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Rumore dell'acqua
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Water feature
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June 21, 2013
reflective pond
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June 18, 2013
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June 18, 2013
can I fit that in???
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June 18, 2013
Infinity Tub
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raised deck around pool
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lower level guest pool
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June 15, 2013
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June 15, 2013
Rooftop water reclamation. Might as well have it drop into a nice pool and then a little waterfall before going into tank!
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June 10, 2013
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June 9, 2013
sweet entrance/(&pool?)
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June 9, 2013
lap pool?
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June 9, 2013
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June 9, 2013
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May 28, 2013
Yes please
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May 26, 2013
Infinity pool on veranda? Cool!
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May 23, 2013
El agua
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May 18, 2013
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May 18, 2013
Cool use of runoff (divert runoff water to garden? Or barn?)
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May 16, 2013
bushland setting
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May 16, 2013
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May 16, 2013
Cool walkway.
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May 15, 2013
Interesting water feature.
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May 9, 2013
Tiny edge less pool ...ranch?
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May 9, 2013
What do you do when you walk out onto your porch? I don't know...go swimming? fall over the edge into the forest?
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May 9, 2013
Cool pool
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May 7, 2013
Hot tub
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Piscina particular
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Outdoor tub
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April 27, 2013
Water catchment
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April 17, 2013
Hot tub
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April 16, 2013
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April 16, 2013
nice fountain
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April 14, 2013
deck continues into water
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April 6, 2013
Very clever.
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April 3, 2013
Water recycling
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April 3, 2013
Casa d campo
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April 1, 2013
Infinity edge porch
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April 1, 2013
Natural and simple.
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