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Silos House

The house is located in an area of the high Texas Hill Country called Mountain Home, settled by large ranches, like the historic YO Ranch, and small farms. I've always been fascinated by the local agrarian structures -- cotton gins, barns, feed mills, grain elevators, and silos. The context of farming and ranching lead us to explore the vocabulary of this local vernacular architecture -- abstract silo shapes, corrugated steel roofs and siding, steel pipe and wire, agrarian light fixtures, barn vents, chimney flues, hip roof shapes, and local stone. The result is a house that is a modern homage to the historic architecture of the area. This house experiments with the way a user experiences the space within a house. A traditional floor plan bundles the rooms into a rectangular package. This project splits up the rooms into distinct elements, and each has four walls that can engage with the outdoors. The separated rooms are each tied together at opposite corners to form alternating spaces along a central circulation spine. The flow of space and the way one experiences it as one moves through the house is very different from that of a traditional house.

Silos House