JKLA collaborated with Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture (ACLA) as the designer/project manager and local landscape architect for a hilltop residence in West Lake Hills, TX. With and amazing hilltop view to the river and downtown Austin, the client wanted to maximize usable space on their site without excess grading and within the strict development guidelines of the city. JKLA and ACLA collaborated with architect Mark DuBois of Ohlhausen DuBois Architects to site their custom-designed modern home on this 1.5 acre property.
Site elements will include a front entry walk lined with ancient olive trees, an intimate courtyard for small gatherings, an expansive terrace that seamlessly spills onto a crisply detailed lap pool and spa deck, an expansive lawn for active play, and a minimalist sculpture garden to highlight the client's art collection. The design incorporates phased work for a future guest house with an interim citrus and vegetable garden. The materials and planting palette were chosen for sustainability and with the client's modern sensibility in mind. All plants are native to the Texas Hill Country and materials were kept to a spare palette of concrete, limestone and rusted steel.
JKLA and ACLA have used a basic 3-D model to help the client visualize the proposed design and to study phased development of the project.