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Edgeland House / Bercy Chen Studio

© Paul Bardagjy
© Paul Bardagjy
  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Design Team: Thomas Bercy, Calvin Chen, Dan Loe, Ryan Michael, Brad Purrington, Agustina Rodriguez
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

© Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy

From the architect. In an increasingly generic and de-natured world, we are interested in producing architecture tuned to the specificity of a place. The Edgeland residence is commissioned by a science fiction writer enthralled with 21st century human habitation in the urban frontiers of abandoned industrial zones.

© Paul Bardagjy
© Paul Bardagjy

Not unlike Col Charles Goodnight's first dug out at the JA ranch in 19th century Texas, the design is inspired by the vernacular of the “pit house”, one of the oldest housing typology in North America used by Native Americans through the ages.

© Paul Bardagjy
© Paul Bardagjy

This brownfield reclaim project minimized disturbance to the site, as the previous excavations to remove an old Chevron pipeline left a scar on the bluff, the two new green roofed wings sheltering each other from the sun is an attempt to heal the land by restoring the slope and bring wildlife back.

© Paul Bardagjy
© Paul Bardagjy

This approach addresses the climate of central Texas and utilize thermal capacity of earth to regulate temperature,  while the linear courtyard down the center allows fresh air to flow between the  bluff and the river below. The courtyard is a theater for observing migrating humming birds,  monarch butterflies, even ant colonies...etc,  heightening one's awareness of nature in an urban setting.

Exploded Axon
Exploded Axon

We collaborated with the Lady Bird Wildflower Center to reintroduce over 40 native species of wildflowers and grass to preserve the local ecosystem.

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