One of a handful of spec houses designed by Austin based architect M.J. Neal, this unique home is “a study in time and movement,” Neal told AIA.
An innovative and sculptural installation, Neal has altered the standard organization of space with an extraordinary design that’s a playful departure from convention and conceptions of space.
Constructed of steel framework, ipe wood, and polished concrete, the home’s inverted floorplan is connected by a massive, gently sloping interior ramp; an artistic and architectural flourish that profoundly impacts the way the space is experienced and interacted with.
With its grid of bookshelves and storage spaces incorporated into it, the ramp “functions all at once as a means of vertical circulation, a spatial delineator, a massive bookshelf, and a modern objet d’arte,” according to an article published by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
“I wanted to play with the fourth dimension, time, (and) to deliberately slow down the pace of travel through the house. I wanted people to experience the sequence of space differently than just racing upstairs.”
The spaces are a play on light, function and immaculate design, with saturated bolts of color and eclectic interiors that add a lighhearted touch, in a stylish and unconvential home that fits right in with Austin’s vibrant creativity.