Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio
Nestled in the woods outside Austin in Texas, not too far from the Colorado River, is a stunning house remarkable as much for its sculptural presence as for its eco-credentials.
Conceived by architects Bercy Chen Studio, the design of the diamond-shaped building is based on the native American pit house, typically sunken to take advantage of the ground's natural insulation. The house comprises two pavilions, both with angular turfed roofs with 40 species of local wildflowers planted on top. The two pavilions benefit from floor-to-ceiling glass walls, letting in plenty of sunshine form the courtyard, which has a triangular swimming pool at its tip. This house is private yet open to nature, highly sculptural yet in tune with its environment. Architecture at its sensitive best.
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Furniture with sculptural shapes would look great in a house with such angular features. Try the Clay table from Desalto and the Overdyed side chair from Diesel Living.
Bring a touch of nature inside with wood veneer lights such as the Mini Mikado suspension light from LZF. The concrete floor lamp from Lyon Beton would also work well.
The Ven zippered pouch and the Join Facet placemats are both striking and practical accessories inspired by the angular, sculptural shape of the house.
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