Built for Clients Sam and Hanna Drago, the Marble Falls Residence is the result of a collaboration between old friends. Sam and Cecil worked together at Louis Sauer Architects in the 1970's and the project presented an opportunity for two like-minded Architects to share in the design process.

The 5,000 square foot private residence is located in the community of Horseshoe Bay, above the shores of Lake LBJ. Responding to the Texas Hill Country vernacular prescribed by the community, the architecture incorporates shallow metal roofs, regional materials, sensitive scale massing, and water-wise landscaping. The house opens to the scenic north and north-west views and fractures and shifts in order to keep significant oak, mesquite, elm, cedar, and persimmon trees, in the process creating lush patios and limestone terraces.

The Owners desired an accessible residence built for flexibility as they age. This led to a single-level home, and the challenge to nestle the step-less house into the sloping landscape.

Full-height glazing opens the house to the very beautiful arid landscape, while porches and overhangs protect interior spaces from the harsh Texas sun. Expansive walls of industrial insulated glazing panels allow soft modulated light to penetrate the interior while providing visual privacy. An integral lap pool with adjacent low fenestration reflects dappled light deep into the house.

Chaste stained concrete floors and blackened steel focal elements contrast with islands of mesquite flooring, alder casework and fir ceilings. Selective areas of exposed limestone walls, some incorporating salvaged timber lintels, and COR-TEN steel components further the contrast within the uncomplicated framework.

The Owner's object and art collection is incorporated into the residence's sequence of connecting galleries creating a choreography of passage that alternates between the lucid expression of simple ranch house architecture and the rich accumulation of their heritage.