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Cassava Residence

Alterstudio Architecture, LLp.

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

Project Name

Cassava Residence

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4,900 sq. feet


  • Kevin Alter; Ernesto Cragnolino,AIA; Tim Whitehill


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Project Description

Nestled into a 3.4-acre property in Westlake Hills, the Cassava residence creates an environment that privileges the direct experience of its natural surroundings. The house is set on a slope replete with a beautiful collection of spanish and live oak trees. Sited perpendicular to the site's slope, the house extends deep into the property defining a cultivated courtyard uphill while the rest of the property remains in its original state. The view from the public rooms looks south into this private oasis and up into the tree canopy. Accessed by a glass bridge, private rooms frame views north into the picturesque, unadulterated site. While most houses in the Westlake Hills area present a public image of grandeur, the Cassava residence is barely visible from the street. Instead, its luxury lies in the way the house expands the experience of dwelling into a range of circumstances present along the property.
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