Edgeland House is a residence located on a rehabilitated brownfield site in Austin, Texas. It is a modern re-interpretation of the “pit house,” one of North America’s oldest typology used by Native Americans. Moreover, the building maintains the thermal comfort throughout the year by taking advantage of the earth’s mass.
The design features two separate pavilions, used for living and sleeping quarters. Besides, they require direct interaction with outdoor elements to pass from one to the other. Moreover, the insulative roof makes them cooler in summers and warmer in the winters. This architectural setting results in maximum energy efficiency when combined with high-performance systems.
It is designed by Bercy Chen Studio and commissioned by a science fiction writer. Also, Edgeland House creates a perfect balance of the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on the site’s opposite side. Additionally, this house offers minimal disturbance, and the linear courtyard allows fresh air to flow between the bluff and the river below.
Moreover, Lady Bird Wildflower Center collaborated to preserve the local ecosystem by reintroducing over 40 native wildflowers and grass species. Overall, this house attempts to heal the land by restoring the slope and bringing wildlife back.
Name: Edgeland House
Size: 1400 square feet
Location: Austin, Texas
Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Image credits: ©Paul Bardagjy, http://www.bardagjyphoto.com/