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Fairfield, Austin, Texas

Completed in July 2008, the 2,800-square foot (260-m2) house explores the interlocking relationship between a house’s masses and the spatial voids that the masses create. The architect indirectly defined new varied outdoor spaces—a small interior terrace, larger backyard, rear patio and dog-trot-inspired breezeway—for the house by adding on to and manipulating the existing volume. Similarly, manipulation of the skin indirectly created a car park and bay projections that expand a series of interior rooms while simultaneously blocking the west sun and allowing northern and southern exposure. At the interior, a hovering wood mass indirectly defines both a soaring 25-foot- (8-m-) tall space and an adjacent intimate low seating area. The translucent bridge fuses the interior and exterior luminously.

The residence features approximately 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of 24-gauge prefinished double-lock standing-seam steel roofing panels from Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply Co. Inc.

The house is also clad in regionally prevalent cypress, while the interior consists of locally available pecan wood and limestone tile. Spatially, the house interconnects with its site and geography.

Installer: ARW Roofing, Austin

Metal roof panels: Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply Co. Inc., Austin

Architect: David Webber, Webber + Studio Inc., Austin