Texas Architect May/June 2011: Context
The May/June 2011 edition, Context, features projects that strike a balance between a building’s unique program and the desire for synthesis with its surroundings. The U.S. Courthouse in El Paso directly relates to the region’s geography while adhering to stringent security standards; the restoration of Ancient Oaks near Bastrop recaptures a once-lost sense of place through sensitivity to existing conditions; the Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg demonstrates how to tell a heroic story without overwhelming a small town’s historic fabric; and Singing Bell Ranch offers its city-dwelling owners a getaway of "ranch pragmatism" and prevailing breezes. Other articles include a news update on the City of Austin’s Great Streets program, two commentaries on the 82nd Texas Legislature, a profile of Sisters’ Retreat by Mell Lawrence Architects, and an account of how Ziegler Cooper Architects helped a historic church in Plantersville accommodate a sudden influx of members.
p r o j e c t Ancient Oaks: The A.W. Hill House, Bastrop County c l i e n t Elizabeth and David Sartain a r c h i t e c t Volz & Associates d e s i g n t e a m John R. Volz, AIA; Candace M. Volz, ASID; Chris Hutson; Tracy Hirschman; Rob Ward; Pat Sparks, PE; Catherine O’Connor, ASLA c o n t r a c t o r Restorhaus (restoration and addition of historic house); Joy Caffey Construction (guest complex) c o n s u l t a n t s Sparks p h o t o g r a p h e r Rick 42 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T Engineering (structural); Co’design (landscape) Patrick 5 / 6 2 0 1 1