Balcones House

The flat roof of this house in Austin by local firm Mell Lawrence Architects reaches well beyond its walls, shading the glazed top floor from the harsh Texan sun.
The 4,285-square-foot (398-square-metre) residence’s large, overhanging roof extends eight feet (2.4 metres) around the perimeter to help mitigate heat inside.
Balcones House was built using cast-in-situ concrete, also chosen for its ability to withstand the hot climate. Exterior walls comprise a thinner outer layer and a heavier, structural inner layer, with insulation in between.
From the street, the house resembles a glass pavilion on top of a sturdy concrete base. Hidden from view in the back garden are a pebbled pool area and a detached guest house.

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