An Imposing Oak Tree Serves As a Living Sculpture in This Texas Home



Nature, accentuated in a sprawling courtyard, creates a calming, contrasting backdrop to a minimalist house in Texas.

A street view of the low-slung compound.

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.

Giant oak trees dominate, and offer coveted shade, in the courtyard.

Giant oak trees dominate, and offer coveted shade, in the courtyard.

Photo: Casey Dunn

Beyond the large, pivoting wooden gate lies the front entry.

Beyond the large, pivoting wooden gate lies the front entry.

Photo: Casey Dunn

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. 

A street view of the low-slung compound.

A street view of the low-slung compound.

Photo by Casey Dunn

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