This home in Austin, Texas was designed by Bercy Chen Studio to accommodate two families and consists of two pavilions connected by a glass hallway. A central water garden between the pavilions serves as a claming focal point with three sides of the house opening onto it. The walls against the sides of the property are closed, creating a courtyard layout. The two parts of the house are staggered to create a deck area in the front as well as a more private outdoor living area in the back, visually united by the translucent glass bridge.
The flat roofs allow for terrace spaces which creates additional outdoor areas for plants and alfresco dining.
The house is influenced by different regions and cultures. Both the use of the roof as an outdoor living space and the shading devices are derived from moorish architecture. The body of water and the spatial continuity between inside and outside was inspired by asian architecture. The structural transparency of the volumes and the minimalist aspect of the interior was derived from japanese pavilions.
The owners obviously love the colour blue given the extensive use of vibrant blue throughout in the interiors!