Case Studies

A brief look at some details from my previous work as they relate to the Long Architecture Design Triad

 
 
 
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Burickson Residence, Austin, tx

 MEANING / AESTHETICS

MEANING / AESTHETICS

The fountain at the center of the Burickson Residence formed the core of both the aesthetic and mission elements of the home. We generally think of a house as creating a hard separation between outside and inside, of working hard to protect us from rain and heat, wind and snow. But what if the house provided a softer separation? What if the house protected but did not isolate? The fountain was designed to trickle with rain when it was raining outside, inviting in sounds and proximity to nature.

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To make this possible, a butterfly roof was designed to guide water into the fountain. Passive cooling via strategically placed vents kept the exterior air in the house when possible, and screens built from the trees that grew on the site maintained a constant connection to the tactile and aesthetic qualities of the place.


Burickson Residence, Austin, TX

 Art/Aesthetics

Art/Aesthetics

Designed for contemplation and the appreciation of art, music, and literature, every view in the home was designed as a specific composition, framing uninterrupted images of the sky or specific trees. The spaces in the house were designed with specific sonic qualities in mind, and completion was marked with a concert tuned to the space.

 
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A custom door with soil samples and flora from the building site embedded in the window panes closes off both the bedroom and the meditation room.

 Aesthetics

Aesthetics