Lone Star

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January 22, 2009

Rural Texas commonly conjures visions of Stetsons, spurs, and longhorn steer, but the countryside contains more than just cowboys. On a wide stretch of farmland, the Farley Studio brings modern architecture and contemporary art to Fort Worth's farthest reaches.

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  With double-height ceilings at the front and rear, the second floor exists only in the midsection of the building inside a nested plywood box that contains the kitchen, bathrooms, master bedroom, and guest room. To address the challenge of climate control in such a large open space, this interior structure—which can be enclosed completely with sliding walls—is the only area with air-conditioning.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    With double-height ceilings at the front and rear, the second floor exists only in the midsection of the building inside a nested plywood box that contains the kitchen, bathrooms, master bedroom, and guest room. To address the challenge of climate control in such a large open space, this interior structure—which can be enclosed completely with sliding walls—is the only area with air-conditioning.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  The front entrance of the Farley Studio presents a clean, minimalist space—a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house.  Photo by: Jack ThompsonCourtesy of: Jack Thompson
    The front entrance of the Farley Studio presents a clean, minimalist space—a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

    Courtesy of: Jack Thompson

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  In the studio, Kyle Farley's paintings lean against the walls and lie across the floor in various stages of progress.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    In the studio, Kyle Farley's paintings lean against the walls and lie across the floor in various stages of progress.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  A continuous concrete slab runs from inside the house out to the open deck, which is exposed to the wind that sweeps the surrounding fields.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    A continuous concrete slab runs from inside the house out to the open deck, which is exposed to the wind that sweeps the surrounding fields.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  At night, the entire studio glows like a lantern, its light amplified by the reflection in the seasonal pond. I  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    At night, the entire studio glows like a lantern, its light amplified by the reflection in the seasonal pond. I

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  The catwalk running above the studio is aptly named for the  household: Farley’s felines patrol their owners’ activity from this overhead perch.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    The catwalk running above the studio is aptly named for the household: Farley’s felines patrol their owners’ activity from this overhead perch.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  In a dense neighborhood, the glass facade might overexpose the Farleys to passersby, but out here, the only onlookers are coyotes—and the miniature donkeys who live next door.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    In a dense neighborhood, the glass facade might overexpose the Farleys to passersby, but out here, the only onlookers are coyotes—and the miniature donkeys who live next door.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  The sitting room.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    The sitting room.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  A tiny spare room off the studio doubles as guest bedroom and extra floor and wall space for the plethora of art.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    A tiny spare room off the studio doubles as guest bedroom and extra floor and wall space for the plethora of art.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  Plywood lines the stair walls.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    Plywood lines the stair walls.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  More storage has been rigged in high places for bikes.  Photo by: Jack Thompson
    More storage has been rigged in high places for bikes.

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    Photo by: Jack Thompson

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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