The Barrera House is located on a half-size lot in a historical district downtown San Antonio. Its street presence is understated, respecting the modest scale of neighboring homes. Two simple gabled forms are linked by a glass enclosure, signaling the entrance. Once inside, the house reveals unexpected connections to the landscape, pool, and city beyond.
The two gable forms have distinct characteristics depending on their use. The sleeping wing consists of minimal and contemplative spaces. Plaster walls and recessed windows give the impression that these rooms are carved from a heavy mass. In contrast, the second floor living area features exposed wood structure between expansive openings. Slatted wood porches act as an extension of the living spaces.
State of the art building systems (including high-efficiency HVAC, de-humidification, rain capture and reuse, and electrical vehicle charging), are integral to the design and easy to use. A remote 15kw solar array provides the home with renewable energy for all its electrical needs. Interior materials actively improve air quality and acoustics while daylight and views outdoors provide a sense of calm and well-being.
The Barrera House construction is underway and will be complete in the summer of 2021.