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Guadalupe River House / Low Design Office

Guadalupe River House / Low Design Office

© Leonid Furmansky © Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Leonid Furmansky + 26

New Braunfels, United States
  • Architects: Low Design Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2884.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs Photographs:  Casey Dunn, Leonid Furmansky
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Metalcraft, Don Young Company, Factory Building Store, Jimmy's Cypress, New Braunfel's Glass, Pro Source
  • Design Team: Ryan Bollom, DK Osseo-Asare, Kaziah Haviland
  • Clients: The Marshall Family
  • Engineering: JM Structural Engineering
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© Casey Dunn
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Text description provided by the architects. One of the most popular destinations in Texas for rafting and tubing, the Guadalupe River—a serpentine waterscape that interweaves vacation properties with a floating park experience—forms the backdrop for this project. Three siblings sought to create a gathering point for their families. They asked for a design that made connections—between their children, light and the riparian landscape—a place to surface memories.

© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky

The site is a long and narrow stretch of land, hidden off a back road and punctuated by cypress trees, that recedes down into the Guadalupe River floodway. Although flow rates of the river are regulated upstream by the Canyon Dam, given climate variability the design needed to accommodate extreme flooding as high as four meters above grade. Accomplishing this cost-effectively while preserving intimacy with the site became central to the project. The design leveraged standard materials, details, and components to emphasize spatial configurations that enhance shared moments between the families and the outdoors. 

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

The house is a compound dwelling consolidated into two rectangular forms—rotated in response to river views and old growth trees. This rotation activates living spaces and niched porches via interplay between common areas and private suites. Bridging these two wings of the house, full-height glazing and sliding glass doors wrap transparency around the living space while exteriorly refracting views of the tree canopy.

© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

Suspending spaces of congregation, relaxation and contemplation on multiple levels, the design uses cross-ventilation and solar shading to improve building energy performance. Serving as builder for the project, LowDO collaborated with small Texas shops for windows and doors. 

© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky

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Cite: "Guadalupe River House / Low Design Office" 11 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/933505/guadalupe-river-house-low-design-office/> ISSN 0719-8884
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