Nature, accentuated in a sprawling courtyard, creates a calming, contrasting backdrop to a minimalist house in Texas.
Surrounded by San Antonio, Olmos Park is a ritzy enclave brimming with verdant greenery and distinctive architecture—like the circa-1920s and ’30s bungalows from prolific developer H.C. Thorman, the oil and real estate tycoon who founded the city. On a winding road here, San Antonio– and Austin–based Lake|Flato Architects conceived an urban house as a series of buildings that demarcate internal courtyards and elicit tranquility.
Several “enormous, sculptural” live oak trees grace the grounds, says Laura Kaupp Jensen, associate at Lake|Flato Architects who served as project manager. Displaying these trees was just as important as showcasing the client’s motley stash of artwork and furniture. Lake|Flato chose one commanding oak as a centerpiece for the property to be sited around.
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