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Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.
Lakehurst Property, Dallas, Texas: smitharc architects
The genesis for this house design is the heavily wooded suburban lot with long, tree lined view corridors down the street and alleyway. A simple rectilinear plan with two wings creates entry and garden courts while a 30 degree rotation nestles the house between the mature trees and orients the principal views to the long vistas while avoiding direct lines of site to the neighboring houses.
Generously proportioned indoor/outdoor living, dining, and entertaining spaces are arranged around the true heart of the home: the great porch. The large expanse of sliding glass walls provides circulation and ventilation flexibility while dematerializing the boundaries of interior/exterior.
In addition to siting the structure with sensitivity to the solar orientation and preserving the existing shade trees, environmentally friendly features of the house include locally sourced limestone, thermally broken aluminum windows with 1” low E-glazing shaded by deep overhangs, and balanced natural lighting design that precludes the need for artificial light sources during the daytime. smitharc.com
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