Rio Vista Residence by Buchanan Architecture

Buchanan Architecture designed Rio Vista Residence in 2017. Located in Dallas, Texas, USA, the house is composed of three rectilinear volumes totaling 2,160ft² (200m²).

A 2,160 square foot single-family residence located on a cliff overlooking the Trinity River and downtown Dallas. The site is situated on a cul-de-sac and has panoramic views to the north. The existing topography forms a natural clearing for the building in the center of the site with native trees to the south, east, and west.

The residence is composed of three rectilinear masses varying in size and tone; each clad in a distinct corrugated metal siding with a subtle change of finish.The massing of the building stretches the entire width of the site, limiting any views of the skyline beyond. Once inside, the building reveals itself as a series of light-filled spaces with panoramic views of the city. The three rectilinear masses are seen again as interior volumes designed with varying ceiling heights or materials to distinguish entry foyer, living rooms, and outdoor patio spaces. Simple and sculptural, the overall form nestles within the landscape as a composition of solids and voids.

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Photographs by Charles Davis Smith, FAIA
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