Forging a Connection to the Texas Skies One Window at a Time
By Paige Alexus for Dwell.com
It can’t be denied that windows play a key role in ensuring that a home blends seamlessly with its environment. When Stephen Lohr and David Stocker of SHM Architects began designing the Sunnybrook residence in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, they were determined to find the right windows to outfit a structure that would be fully integrated into the landscape.
Inspired by the early modernist movement of the 20th century, they set their sights on utilizing a selection of massive windows and composing them in a way that would allow the eye to flow smoothly throughout the open space. They decided to work with Marvin, knowing that they’d be given the options they needed to create the special living experience they were imagining.
Whenever Lohr and Stocker approach a new project, they make sure to consider the best ways of incorporating the environment in which the home is being built. For the Sunnybrook residence, they started with an open plan that was connected to the outdoors on all fronts by the repeated use of windows and stone. The compilation of glass, stone and steel allows the space to feel both light and solid at the same time.
For the family that the residence was being built for, the hope was to create a clean open plan that would feel warm and textured while complimenting the local Dallas spirit. To make this possible, the design team carefully placed the fireplace and adjustable louvers in ways that would allow the owners to screen the private areas of the house from the street. With the addition of clerestory windows from Marvin, light continues to stream into the interior, fulfilling the family’s wish of becoming one with the skies of their beloved Texas. Lohr and Stocker are proud to report that the family rarely finds the need to turn on the lights before the sun goes down.