Stretto House

Contemporary 7500 square foot private residence located on Turtle Creek. Built to museum-quality standards. The residence consists of a drilled pier/ slab-on-grade foundation, a structural steel framing system, with the exterior facade consisting of cast-in-place architectural concrete, dimensionally varied limestone masonry, and a custom curtainwall glazing system. The building’s roof system consists of a metal curvilinear roof as well as built-up, and the HVAC system consists of a chilled-water system. Interior finishes include stone and terrazzo flooring, custom millwork cabinetry at the kitchen and bathrooms. Interior walls are plywood reinforced, skim-coated superflat and painted in order to accomodate artwork. Sited adjacent to three ponds with existing dams, the house projects the character of the site through a series of concrete “spatial dams” with metal framed “aqueous space” flowing through them. Pouring over the dams, like the overlapping stretto in music, water reflects the landscape outside and the spaces overlapping inside. Formed in four sections, the building consists of two modes: heavy orthogonal masonry and light, curvilinear metal. The main house is aqueous space: floor planes pull one space to the next, roof planes pull space over walls and an arched wall pulls light from a skylight. Materials continue the concept in poured concrete, cast glass in fluid shapes, slumped glass and liquid terrazzo.

Architect: Stephen Holl

Size: 7,500 SF

Location: Dallas, Texas

  • National Honor Award/American Institute of Architects

  • National Excellence in Construction - Residential
    Associated Builders and Contractors

  • Excellence in Construction - Residential
    Associated Builders and Contractors/N. Texas Chapter