A home for a former professional golfer overlooking Austin, Texas, Caddy Shack elegantly navigates the constraints of its challenging site. From the main entry at the top of the hill, the landscape drops away almost immediately, morphing from suburban neighborhood to steep, rocky ravine. Caddy Shack revels in this condition, hovering over the rugged terrain to capture sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and Austin skyline beyond.
At the public, street-facing side, the home’s long, low profile creates a bridge across the landscape, framing glimpses of the hillside below its central volume. Rusted steel siding harmonizes with the neutral colors of the surrounding brush and rocks, and allows the home to balance dual impressions of strength and lightness. An attached garage echoes this expression, punctuated by clerestory windows to capture natural light. Inside the garage, a workstation provides dedicated space for the client, a professional golfer, to tune his clubs.
A steel catwalk and custom entry door, painted to match Porsche’s Mexico Blue, open onto the home’s generous main living space, which features a full-height window wall overlooking the ravine. A hand-operated wheel allows the wall to partially lower and become a guardrail, with exposed counterweights that celebrate the engineering of this feature kinetic element. In the attached kitchen and dining room, a custom light installation illuminates and unifies both spaces. Throughout this space, wood floors and ceilings are complemented by blackened steel accents, fostering a warm and comfortable interior. This environment easily transitions outside to a generous deck with a pool and hot tub. A thick panel of clear acrylic at the far end of the pool creates additional views from the water.
An adjacent, cantilevering wing houses a powder room and study, as well as a custom staircase made of bent and hemmed steel with perforated panels. This treatment is repeated in the custom, built-in elements throughout the powder room and study, including a bent steel vanity and sink, trophy case and desk. The hallway and master suite just beyond frame wide views and link to a narrow steel catwalk that extends over the ravine, providing a unique experience of the landscape. Below the master suite, a guest suite takes advantage of the empty volume between home and hillside, hanging suspended from above. Additional spaces for guests on the upper-most level enjoy views across the roof of the master suite to the city.
My favorite part of this project is how the building engages the site. We were able to very surgically insert the home into the ravine, leaving the landscape in its natural state as much as possible. As a result, we delivered a house that serves the lifestyle of our client and creates a super exciting perch to look out over the hills to the city of Austin beyond.Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal