A freak snowstorm made for 1 1/2" of snow and ice accumulation out in the Texas Hillcountry. The corrugated metal roofs of Deep Eddy West got a nice blanket. The subsequent run-off and dripping from each of the corrugated valleys into the galvanized gutters became a 74 foot long vernacular symphony.
One of these days we will have to film a rainstorm in these buildings. Their long metal roofed porches, clerestory windows, and butterfly roofs act as foils for the light, and the water, and the sound, and the wind of the great Texas sky. This climate responsiveness delivers a richness to the experience of the landscape as read against the simply and thoughtfully constructed spaces. The buildings are such finely tuned instruments, that there is always some form of beauty playing across their taut surfaces, as is evident from the following images taken by the owners (both of whom are artists with a keen eye for architectural detail) over the years since they moved in.
(all pics by Deep Eddy Studios)
A respectable accumulation of snow blankets the porch and bridge between the two shops.
That stuff was really coming down!
The shop building hunkers down to get through the random late February cold snap.
This is the south face of Jueri's building on a nice fall day. That porch is a great place to work on a brisk day like this one.
On a foggy day the building seems to loom up out of the field
The low raking sun of winter sunset really lights up the western side of the building.
That same raking winter light also creates a sunset that plays across the ceiling of the shop.
The butterfly roof of the shop is a great place to skywatch.
Even after a freak hailstorm, the roofscape is a wonderland.
The colours of Mara's building are a nice counterpunch to the deep blue of the sky.
The rhythm of the simple structural diagram unfolds itself across a fair portion of the immediate site
through the porches, the connecting bridge, and the way the buildings sit upon the landscape.
The large rainwater collection system (20K gallons of potable storage from 5000 s.f. of roofs), integral to the overall design and layout of the buildings upon the site, defines another visceral connection to the climate and landscape, and is coincidentally poetic in so doing.