This high-concept contemporary estate is an astounding architectural landmark with a delightfully rustic interior. Originally designed by Larry Speck and remodelled by award-winning architects Paul Lamb and Ted Young, this masterful Austin home juxtaposes austere concrete with sleek white pine floors and lofty wood-and-steel roof trusses.
Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows create expansive views of the lush hillside and twinkling lights of Downtown Austin, allowing bursts of natural light to soften and envelop the living spaces. Purposefully neutral tones form a gallery-esque backdrop for a beloved art collection and bold furnishings, with ingenious interior architecture and design by New York-based Vaughn Miller Studios.
In the kitchen, blackened steel panels carried over from the entry join an island topped in white macaubas quartzite and a wall clad in tiles of lichen-speckled tree bark. A moody powder room balances an Italian marble sink with a custom perforated steel vanity and unlacquered brass hardware.
While a lot of that daring came courtesy of the existing architecture, much of it was also a result of the relationship between the client and Vaughn Miller, who, like Lamb, was inspired by the poured concrete walls and their ability to provide a neutral, gallery-like backdrop for bold custom furnishings, including a sheepskin chair and hand-carved walnut stool by the Haas Brothers, and a ceramic dining table by Korean artist Hun-Chung Lee.
“My collection is a visual expression of how I feel about the world,” says the client of the world-class artwork on display throughout her Austin home. She draws parallels between her life and Awol Erizku’s Girl with a Bamboo Earring, which hangs next to an Apparatus sconce in her home’s entry. “It’s about reclaiming things that you may not feel entitled to,” she says. “As a black woman and as a divorced woman, I feel like I’m finally carving out room for myself in the world.”
Constantly blurring the line between spectacle and subtlety, this Austin home is the epitome of ingenuity in design.