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Residential Observation Tower Overlooking Protected Habitats

House on Cedar Hill Residential Observation Tower Overlooking Protected Habitats

Piercing the air with an impressive observation tower, this residential project is organized around a central stacked stone wall that acts as the building’s spine. Measuring 182 feet long and 21 feet high, the impressive stone wall is visible from both the inside and the outside, creating a strong visual connection. Dallas-based Cunningham Architects designed the House On Cedar Hill and their talent is immortalized in the architectural details of this dream home. Named after its location in Cedar Hill, Texas, the 6,700 square foot contemporary residence is described by the architects: “A cantilevered concrete canopy serves as an interruption through the wall into and through the house, briefly allowing views through the dense brush of the site towards the open vista to the west. 

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As a counterpoint to the long, low house nestled within the native vegetation, the observation tower at the northern end of the house elevates the occupants above the tree tops. Magnificent views of several thousand acres of protected habitat, along with distant views of Dallas and Fort Worth make the tower a favorite perch. The east facing wall is a highly insulated load bearing masonry wall faced in native fieldstone. The mono-sloped roof is composed of 10″ SIPs on laminated wood beams, allowing 8′ long cantilevers over the west facing glazing. Simple slab on grade concrete floors are punctuated by inset end grain Mesquite wood zones. Natural pigmented cement plaster, other Texas woods, copper, slate and glass round out the material palette.

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