SHORECREST DRIVE // Smitharc Architects
This house for a young family carefully choreographs a sequence of indoor and outdoor spaces to provide both privacy from the street and transparency to the North facing garden and creek. Environmentally sensitive design features integral to the design include Geothermal HVAC, 100% recyclable zinc metal shingles, and locally sourced limestone. Expanses of high performance glass provide ample natural daylighting throughout the interiors. Natural white oak floors, cabinets and trim soften the interior palette.
Sited in a recently redrawn flood plain, the structure had to be elevated 5’ above existing grade. This aided in maximizing views but proved to complicate integrating the new 2-story volume into the neighborhood’s relatively low-slung ranch house vernacular. The architecture responds by reinforcing long horizontal lines, planes, and volumes. The scale of the forms are further delineated by the precisely crafted graphite-green zinc shingles juxtaposed against the weighty and tactile buff limestone.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT | Smitharc Architects
Smitharc Architects represent the next generation of the very best in Modern Texas Architecture. Principals Signe Smith and Jason Smith are establishing a new direction for contemporary structures with work that is defined by inventiveness, rigor, restraint and refinement. This consistently lauded firm’s youth belies their wealth of experience on a wide range of project types including ultra-chic penthouses, highly refined estate homes, boutique commercial, and innovative interiors. Signe and Jason distinguish their practice by providing progressive design realized in the highest quality through a business-forward management style. Building upon an architectural provenance gained through first-hand experience working with some of the most significant design luminaries in the region and country, Smitharc is at the vanguard of architectural practice today.