Forging a Connection to the Texas Skies One Window at a Time

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
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 Windows and Doors, knowing that they’d be given the options they needed to create the special living experience they were imagining.

Forging a Connection to the Texas Skies One Window at a Time - Photo 1 of 3 - Throughout the Sunnybrook residence, stacked stone and cut Leuders limestone anchors the structure to its natural setting. To create the transparent facade, SHM Architects chose to include a selection of options from Marvin Windows and Doors including Ultimate Casements and Ultimate Casement Picture Windows. Lohr designed a custom frosted front door to block any direct lines of sight from the street. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

Throughout the Sunnybrook residence, stacked stone and cut Leuders limestone anchors the structure to its natural setting. To create the transparent facade, SHM Architects chose to include a selection of options from Marvin Windows and Doors including Ultimate Casements and Ultimate Casement Picture Windows. Lohr designed a custom frosted front door to block any direct lines of sight from the street. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

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.

Forging a Connection to the Texas Skies One Window at a Time - Photo 2 of 3 - To enhance the home's floating effect, the rear yard features a pool that conceptually emerges from additional small pools of water that extend from under the house. Once the water reaches the backyard, it then flows over the infinity edge and back onto the landscape. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

To enhance the home's floating effect, the rear yard features a pool that conceptually emerges from additional small pools of water that extend from under the house. Once the water reaches the backyard, it then flows over the infinity edge and back onto the landscape. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

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.

Forging a Connection to the Texas Skies One Window at a Time - Photo 3 of 3 - Floor-to-ceiling windows from Marvin fill most of the ground level, including a number of 90 degree corner windows that maximize views and help capture light from multiple angles. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

Floor-to-ceiling windows from Marvin fill most of the ground level, including a number of 90 degree corner windows that maximize views and help capture light from multiple angles. Courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.