Located in Dallas with 7,500 sq ft in size, Stretto House is a private residence designed by Steven Holl Architects for art collectors. This awesome house sits adjacent to three ponds with existing dams and characterized by a series of concrete “spatial dams”.
The metal-framed “aqueous space” flows through a series of concrete “spatial dams”, reflecting the unique character of the house site. This house looks like an overlapping stretto in music that pours over the dams with water that reflects the spaces inside and landscape outside.
The materiality in the instrumentation of Bartok’s Music for Celeste, Percussion, and Strings is used for the architecture approaches in space and light for this project. This private residence is also formed in four sections with two modes: heavy orthogonal masonry and light, curvilinear metal.
The aqueous space has floor planes that pull one space to the next with roof places that pull space over walls and also an arched wall that pulls warm light from a skylight. The house materials continue the concept in poured concrete, liquid terrazzo, slumped glass, and also cast glass in fluid shapes.
Stretto House Gallery
Photography: Steven Holl Architects