Temple Ranch is the seasonal retreat for its owners, who have for two decades passionately worked to manage, restore, and preserve the native habitat of this place. The primeval qualities of nature, the sun and wind, broad sky, and rocky hard earth define South Texas. Everything that exists in this environment is essential. Trees, scrub, and wildflowers have evolved to subsist on little water, withstand a scorching brilliant sun, and icy winds. But as nature would have it, this environment is home to a bountiful population of native quail and deer that has been deemed some of the best in the southwest.
▼优美的场地环境，the architecture and the environment
The Temple Ranch building program outlined the importance of making buildings that promote social interaction and quiet contemplation. We considered the gentle sloping terrain, natural air-conditioning offered by prevailing breezes, and the ever-present sun. Our observations transformed into an idea of structures with deep open porches that appear to be carved out of the exterior brick volumes, revealing transparent walls that slide open to the rooms inside. The buildings are organized around an open courtyard with a large swimming pool and spa, oriented to take advantage of the prevailing breezes during the hot Texas summers.
▼建筑前侧设有泳池和spa，the buildings are organized around an open courtyard with a large swimming pool and spa
▼泳池细部，detail of the pool
▼各建筑前侧门廊提供户外遮阳环境， the buildings have deep open porches where one could enjoy the shade
▼开窗加强建筑与景观环境的对视，the windows enable the view connections of the interior and the exterior spaces
▼与景观互动的棚屋玻璃门廊，screen porch in the cottage to catching the views
▼棚屋底层平面，cottage ground floor plan
▼客房底层平面图，guest house ground floor plan
Design Architect: Andersson • Wise Architects
Interior Designer: London Boone Inc.
General Contractor: J.E. Kingham Construction Co.
Landscape Architect: Co’Design
Structural Engineering: Duffy Engineering