Helen Thompson
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CLASSICALLY TRAINED

This two-story brick house in Austin is by Tim Cuppett Architects. It’s sited on the edge of a gentle slope in central Austin, and set well back from the street. Although it is organized with the rigor of a classical building—rising from its park-like setting on a brick plinth—the house is still decidedly modern.

Careful and quiet detailing gives the house a sharp graphic quality.  A thin, steel roof plane appears to float above the orderly brick volume.

Windows are stacked over one another and stitched together with an undulating brick detail.

A similar patterned breeze block window at the garage balances the composition.

Order also pervades the interior; organized along the length of the house, public spaces are flanked by a rhythm of solid and void created by full-height millwork between daylight openings.

In addition to the windows on the main facades, a centrally located stair and light well spills into the foot of the kitchen, on the left.

Opposite the kitchen, a small window on the floor of the exaggerated firebox allows it to glow, without flame.

A wider view of the exaggerated firebox–with an extra-long mantel–which is located in the traditional spot underneath the television.

The upstairs stairwell outside the master bedroom.

The master bedroom looks out onto mature trees in this older neighborhood developed in the 1950s.

The simple form of this residence, with classical proportions and constructed of handmade brick, bestows a strong presence on its site while quietly reinforcing the fabric of the existing neighborhood.

Screened-in porch and pool in the back support added living space.

Architects: Dave Kilpatrick and Tim Cuppett

Interior Designer: Adriana Chetty

Photography: Whit Preston

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